Tropical Storm Imelda caused devastating flooding across Southeast Texas dropping near-records amount of rainfall in areas still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. Preliminary numbers, courtesy of the National Weather Service, indicate it was the fifth wettest tropical cyclone in U.S. history — excluding Hawaii and Alaska. The precipitation high was a staggering 43.15 inches.
Imelda flooding rivaled Harvey in some areas; it was even made worse because the majority of the rainfall happened within hours, rather than days. A state of emergency was declared for a dozen counties due to the flooding. The highest rainfall totals were within Jefferson, Chambers and Orange Counties. Overall, officials estimate several thousand homes are affected.
Our Response Team has determined the initial scope of work will include: debris removal, mucking/gutting of homes, and mold sanitation. Our team currently has boots on the ground and are completing response work in the town of Vidor (Orange County); this location is strategically placed within an hour of both Jefferson County and Chambers County.
As the storm brought about very little media attention, there has been little support in the affected communities. We have launched a response program and at this time, have an urgent need for volunteers.
All Hands and Hearts arrives early and stays until the job is done. The time to get involved is now!
In the News
Learn more about the impacts of Imelda in the video below!