South Texas Flash Flood Relief
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Program Summary

On June 20, 2018, intense tropical rains from the Gulf of Mexico bucketed down on the Texas coast, triggering severe flash flooding that overran local communities. With water levels reaching shoulder height, homes have been engulfed in water creating significant damage, while many roads are uncrossable making it challenging to reach the families who are affected. The Governor of Texas has declared a state of emergency for 5 counties including one of the hardest hit, Hidalgo County.

The All Hands and Hearts Rapid Response team quickly assessed the situation and set up a response program in Hidalgo County where we are helping communities to restore homes. Our work will be focused on debris removal, mucking and gutting and mold sanitation.

As there is a great demand for our help, it is critical that we find volunteers to start immediately.

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NBC Nightly News covers the flooding and rescue in Hidalgo County and interviews with families affected by the floods.

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Many homes affected by these flash floods have never flooded previously and were not on the floodplain. The rapid accumulation of water left homeowners little time to prepare.

Mold sanitation

Mold Sanitation

Mold Sanitation is the process of using chemicals and equipment such as moisture meters, dehumidifiers, fans, and air scrubbers to eradicate abnormal mold and mildew growth. This process drys the structure, controls humidity, and brings the moisture content of structural components prior to repairing or rebuilding.

Mold sanitation

Mold Sanitation

Mold Sanitation is the process of using chemicals and equipment such as moisture meters, dehumidifiers, fans, and air scrubbers to eradicate abnormal mold and mildew growth. This process drys the structure, controls humidity, and brings the moisture content of structural components prior to repairing or rebuilding.

Mucking and Gutting

Mucking is the removal of mud, muck, silt, and other typically semi-solid material from a home as a result of water inundation. Gutting is the removal of damaged construction-related materials including protruding nails in exposed studs and flooring. Essentially, mucking and gutting cleans and clears the structure.

Mucking and Gutting

Mucking is the removal of mud, muck, silt, and other typically semi-solid material from a home as a result of water inundation. Gutting is the removal of damaged construction-related materials including protruding nails in exposed studs and flooring. Essentially, mucking and gutting cleans and clears the structure.

Volunteer assisting with debris removal

Debris Removal

Debris removal is the act of removing disaster-affected personal items, appliances, fixtures, and any other items that are not structural components of the home that were damaged or destroyed by the disaster. This step is considered complete when all items to be discarded have been removed from the structure and any remaining undamaged items are in a safe location.

Volunteer assisting with debris removal

Debris Removal

Debris removal is the act of removing disaster-affected personal items, appliances, fixtures, and any other items that are not structural components of the home that were damaged or destroyed by the disaster. This step is considered complete when all items to be discarded have been removed from the structure and any remaining undamaged items are in a safe location.

Volunteer Spotlight: Rob

Rob was a long-term volunteer on our Texas Hurricane Relief program who stepped in as part of the Rapid Response team to help when flash floods struck South Texas.

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