This weekend, Hurricane Harvey ripped through Texas, and though it’s now been downgraded to a tropical storm, it’s still dumping rain across the region. The unrelenting downpours have caused major flooding, and Houston is facing an unprecedented disaster.
Right now, the full extent of the damage isn’t clear, but it very well could be catastrophic. The head of FEMA told CNN that as many as 450,000 will need to seek assistance.
Compare these two shots of the same spot in Houston to understand the level of the floods. pic.twitter.com/4apTzuzNck
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— ABC News (@ABC) August 28, 2017
There are ways that you can help. The aid organization World Vision “is responding by partnering with churches to provide vital supplies and support. You can go here to learn more and give.
A local newspaper The Houston Press has put together a list of food banks that are seeking donations to help local residents. The Red Cross is also seeking donations for its disaster relief efforts in the region.
And if you want to actually house people displaced by the storm, AirBnB has activated a program that allows you to sign up to open up a room in your home for people from the area who need a place to stay.