Tropical Storm Imelda caused devastating flooding across Southeast Texas dropping near-record amounts of rainfall in areas still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. Imelda flooding rivalled 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 is on the ground and hard at work completing response work in the town of Vidor, Texas; this location is strategically placed within an hour of both Jefferson County and Chambers County.
Our staff and volunteers continue to thrive in the open arms of the community in Vidor. Though many homeowners were significantly affected by Imelda, their resilience shines through in efforts to mobilize resources quickly to alleviate the impact of flooding. In partnership with the Turning Point Church, we have impacted the lives of 99 individuals across Orange, Jefferson and Chambers Counties. Staff and volunteers are removing debris, mucking and gutting homes and conducting mold sanitations. As one of the only active organizations in this area, we’re working to reach those with the highest level of need as quickly as possible. We expect these efforts to continue through the month of November, as we are still reaching families that require assistance.
As we connect with partners across the local long-term recovery community, it’s clear that the additional caseload from Imelda is overwhelming, especially in areas that are still grappling with the impact of Hurricane Harvey. For both storms, the effort is far from over.
All Hands and Hearts arrives early and stays until the job is done. The time to get involved is now!
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Learn more about the impacts of Imelda in the video below!