Harvey’s heavy winds and rainfalls tore through homes and businesses stretching from the Southern part of Texas to the borders of Louisiana. The strong winds ripped houses apart, while waters filled the streets of many neighborhoods, often rising above the front doors of houses. The mayor of Port Arthur, Derrick Freeman, was quoted saying their whole city was underwater. Over one million people were driven to evacuate their Texas homes, and 70 people have did. The region still continues to suffer the aftermath of the storm. Hurricane Harvey was a costly storm, and it’s damaging impact will be felt for time to come.
- Harvey was the nation’s first major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) since 2005
- Hurricane Harvey caused an estimated $150 – $180 billion in damages
- Hurricane Harvey wandered around Southeastern Texas for days, producing winds of 130 mph and dumping more than 24.5 trillion gallons of rainfall on the area
- 215,000 students are unable to attend school in Houston due to the devastation
- Power outages are leaving residents without access to water or food in their homes
“This is going to be a massive, massive cleanup process,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott. “People need to understand this is not going to be a short-term project. This is going to be a multi-year project for Texas to be able to dig out of this catastrophe.”
How can you help?
In this time of great need, providing prayer, funding, donations, or time goes great lengths in helping those affected by the storm. Visit the All Saints’ Episcopal School home page for more ways you can help.