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Shelters for evacuees of Hurricane Harvey in Texas

Call U.S. Coast Guard for rescue if stranded

Coast Guard National Command Center: (202)-372-2100

Port Arthur Police Dept: (409)-983-8600

Beaumont Police Dept: (409)-832-1234

Coast Guard Houston Center: (281)-464-4851, (281)-464-4852, (281)-464-4853, (281)-464-4854, (281)-464-4855

If you need rescue or if you are a rescuer or open shelter, tap on the map (after clicking on the link below) to mark your location

http://www.texasrescuemap.com

 

Below are locations of shelters. Click on location to see full address. Slide map vertically or horizontally to show more shelters if needed.

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Shelters for evacuees of Hurricane Harvey in Texas

Airbnb
All service fees are waived for those affected by the disaster and checking in between August 23, 2017 and September 25, 2017.

https://www.airbnb.com/disaster/hurricaneharveyevacuees

 

FEMA Transitional Sheltering Assistance

http://www.femaevachotels.com/index.php

 

City of Port Arthur (Jefferson County)

 

Below is the list of shelters in a number of cities. Updates are provided for the duration of the flood. FULL means this particular shelter is at its capacity, and no longer available.

 

City of Alvin (Brazoria County)

*Living Stones Church: 1407 Victory Ln, Alvin, TX 77511. Phone: (281)-331-9517

FULL

 

City of Angleton (Brazoria County)

Angleton Independent School District: 1900 N. Downing Rd Angleton, TX 77515. Phone: (979)-864-8000

 

City of Cleveland, TX (Liberty County)

Calvary Baptist Church: 816 N Blair Ave, Cleveland, TX 77327. Phone: (281)-593-1751

 

City of Coldspring, TX (San Jacinto County)

Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated Jones Educational Complex:

125 FM 1514, Coldspring, TX 77331Phone: (936)-653-1115

City of Conroe (Montgomery County)

Lone Star Convention Center9055 Airport Rd, Conroe, TX 77303. Phone: (936) 538-8000

City of Crosby, TX (Harris County)

American Legion Hall: 14890 FM 2100, Crosby, TX 77532. Phone: (281)-328-1814

Crosby Middle School: 14703 FM 2100, Crosby, TX 77532. Phone: (281) 328-9264

 

City of Dallas (Dallas County)

Samuell Grand Recreational Center: 6200 E Grand Ave, Dallas, TX 75223. Phone: (214)-670-1383

Tommie Allen Recreational Center: 7071 Bonnie View Rd, Dallas, TX 75241. Phone: (214)-670-0986

Walnut Hill Recreational Center10011 Midway Rd, Dallas, TX 75229. Phone: (214)-670-7112

City of Friendswood, TX (Galveston/Harris County)
Friendswood High School: 702 Greenbriar Dr, Friendswood, TX 77546. Phone: (281)-482-3413
Friendswood Activity Building: 416 Morningside Dr, Friendswood, TX 77546. Phone: (281)-482-8441
City of Highlands, TX (Harris County)
First Baptist Church Highlands: 210 N Magnolia St, Highlands, TX 77562. Phone: (281) 426-4551

City of Houston, TX (Harris County)

Lakewood Church: 3700 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77027. Phone: (713)-635-4154

The MET Church13000 Jones Rd, Houston, TX 77070. Phone (281)-890-1900

Harbor Light Center For Men: 2407 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009. Phone: (713)-224-2875

Sally’s House for Women1717 Congress Ave, Houston, TX 77002. Phone: (713)-223-8889

North Shore 9th Grade Campus13501 Hollypark Dr, Houston, TX 77015. Phone (832)-386-3400

Lindale Assembly of God: 307 E Eagle Spirit Dr, Lindale, TX 75771. Phone: (903)-882-6179

George R. Brown1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010. Phone: (713)-853-8000

Campbell Center: 1865 Aldine Bender Rd, Houston, TX 77032. Phone: (281)-985-6110

Westfield High School16713 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77090. Phone: (281)-891-7130

*Copperfield Church: 8350 Hwy 6 N, Houston, TX 77095. Phone: (281)-856-2273

FULL

Community of Faith Church: 1024 Pinemont Dr, Houston, TX 77091. Phone: (713) 688-2900

Family Residence – Salvation Army: 1603 McGowen St, Houston, TX 77004. Phone: (713)-650-6530

Forge For Families Inc: 3435 Dixie Dr, Houston, TX 77021. Phone: (713)-660-1860

*Frank Dobie High School10220 Blackhawk Blvd, Houston, TX 77089. Phone: (713)-740-0370

FULL

*Gallery Furniture6006 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77076. Phone: (713)-694-5570

FULL

Masjid Al-Noor Society of Houston: 6443 Prestwood Dr, Houston, TX 77081. Phone: (713) 779-1304
ISGH Masjid Al-Mustafa – Bear Creek Islamic Center: 17250 Coventry Park Dr, Houston, TX 77084. Phone: (281) 859-8203
NRG Stadium: NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054. Phone: (832)-667-1400
City on a Hill Church: 3902 Cochran St, Houston, TX 77009. Phone: (713) 694-8185
Alief Taylor High School: 7555 Howell Sugar Land Rd, Houston, TX 77083. Phone: (281) 988-3500
Fallbrook Church: 12512 Walters Rd, Houston, TX 77014. Phone: (281) 444-2733

City of Humble, TX (Harris County)

Creekwood Middle School: 3603 W Lake Houston Pkwy, Kingwood, TX 77339. Phone: (281) 641-4400

 

City of Huntsville, TX (Walker County)

Huntsville High School: 515 Farm to Market Rd 2821, Huntsville, TX 77320. Phone: (936) 435-6100

 

City of Katy, TX (Harris County)

*Cinco Ranch High School: 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy, TX 77494. Phone: (281) 237-7000

FULL

*Morton Ranch High School: 21000 Franz Rd, Katy, TX 77449. Phone: (281)-237-7800
 FULL
Richard E. Berry Educational Support Center8877 Barker Cypress Rd, Cypress, TX 77433. Phone: (281)-894-3900
City of Kingwood, TX (Harris County)
St. Martha’s Faith Formation Campus: 3702 Woodland Hills Dr, Kingwood, TX 77339. Phone: (281)-358-6637
La Marque, TX (Galveston County)
Abundant Life Christian Center: 601 Delaney Rd, La Marque, TX 77568. Phone: (409)-935-1606
League City, TX (Galveston County)
Victory Lakes Intermediate School: 2880 W Walker St, League City, TX 77573. Phone: (281) 284-3700
Hometown Heroes Park: 1001 E League City Pkwy, League City, TX 77573. Phone: (281) 554-1180
*Bay Harbor United Methodist Church: 3459 FM Rd 518 East, League City, TX 77573. Phone: (281) 334-1100
FULL
City of Magnolia  TX (Montgomery County)
Magnolia High School: 14350 FM1488. Magnolia, TX 77354. Phone: (281)-356-3572
Missouri City, TX (Fort Bend County)
*Marshall High School1220 Buffalo Run, Missouri City, TX 77489. Phone: (281)-634-6630
FULL
The Freedom Center: 2303 FM 1092 Missouri City, TX 77459. Phone: (281)-499-0594
City of Pasadena, TX (Harris County)
Pasadena High School206 South Shaver, Pasadena, TX 77506, Pasadena, TX. 77506. Phone: (713)-740-0310
Golden Acres Bapist Church: 2812 Pansy St, Pasadena, TX 7750.Phone: (281) 487-0582
City of Pearland, TX (Brazoria County)
Pearland High School3775 S Main St, Pearland, TX 77581. Phone: (281) 997-7445
City of Richmond, TX (Fort Bend County)
Sacred Heart Church: 507 S 4th St., Richmond, TX 77469. Phone: (281)-342-3609

Gallery Furniture7227 West Grand Parkway South, Richmond, TX 77407. Phone: (281) 407-7161

 

City of Rosenberg, TX (Fort Bend County)

B.F. Terry High School5500 Avenue N, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Phone: (832)-223-3400

First Assembly of God2512 Avenue N, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Phone: (281) 342-3805

George Junior High School4601 Airport Ave, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Phone: (832) 223-3600

 

City of Stafford (Fort Bend County)

Stafford Middle/Primary School Cafeteria1625 Staffordshire Rd, Stafford, TX 77477. Phone: (281) 261-9203

ISGH-Brand Lane Islamic Center Masjid Sabireen610 Brand Ln, Stafford, TX 77477. Phone: (678) 656-4013

 

City of Sugarland (Fort Bend County)

Sugar Land First United Methodist Church: 431 Eldridge Rd, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Phone: (281) 491-6041

Kempner High School:  14777 Voss Rd, Sugar Land, TX 77498. Phone: (281) 634-2300

Darul Uloom Texas Masjid in Sugar Land11920 Hwy 6 #1400, Sugar Land, TX 77498. Phone: (713) 205-6129

Adam Masjid341 Southwestern Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Phone: (281) 201-2152

Masjidul Arafat16300 Old Richmond Rd, Sugar Land, TX 77498. Phone: (281) 495-1916

 

City of  The Woodlands (Mongtgomery County)

St. Simon and Jude Catholic Church: 26777 Glen Loch Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77381. Phone: (281) 367-9885

Church Project: 295 Sawdust Rd, The Woodlands, TX 77380. Phone: (281)-292-1798

The Woodlands College Park High School3701 College Park Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77384. Phone: (936) 709-3000

 

City of  The Woodlands (Mongtgomery County)

First Baptist Church Tomball401 Oxford St, Tomball, TX 77375. Phone: (281) 351-4997

Graceview Baptist Church25510 TX-249, Tomball, TX 77375. Phone: (281) 351-4979

 

City of Spring, TX (Harris County)

Klein ISD Multipurpose Center: 7500 FM 2920, Klein, TX 77379. Phone (832)-249-4240

Spring High School: 19428 I-45, Spring, TX 77373. Phone (281)-891-7000

Trinity Lutheran Church: 5201 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77379. Phone: (281)-376-5773

Masjid Al Salam-Champions Islamic Center: 16700 Old Louetta Rd, Houston, TX 77070. Phone: (281)-257-2575

City of Spring, TX (Montgomery County)

The Pathway Church: 20802 Rhodes Rd, Spring, TX 77388. Phone: (281)-727-0057
City of Highlands, TX (Harris County)
First Baptist Church Highlands: 210 N Magnolia St, Highlands, TX 77562. Phone (281)-426-4551

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Toyota Center1510 Polk St, Houston, TX 77002. Phone 713-758-7200

 

City of Austin, TX (Please call 311 or 512-974-2000 to check on updates and availability of spaces in shelters)

Wilhelmina Delco Center4601 Pecan Brook Dr, Austin, TX 78724. Phone (512)-841-8323

Lyndon B. Johnson High School: 7309 Lazy Creek Dr, Austin, TX 78724. Phone (512)-414-2543

Toney Burger Activity Center3200 Jones Rd, Austin, TX 78745. Phone (512)-414-1050

Sidney Lanier High School1201 Payton Gin Rd, Austin, TX 78758. Phone (512)-414-2514

Austin Convention Center: 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701. Phone (512)-404-4000

will begin receiving guests in the coming days. Evacuees seeking more information on which public shelters are still operating in Austin can call .

 

City of San Marcos, TX

San Marcos Activity Center: 501 E Hopkins St, San Marcos, TX 78666. Phone: (512)-393-8280

 

City of Bastrop, TX

First United Methodist Church: 1201 Main Street, Bastrop, TX 78602. Phone: (512)-478-5709

 

City of Smithville, TX

Smithville Indoor Recreation Center: 106 Gazley St, Smithville, TX 78957. Phone: (512)-237-3282 ext. 7

Open to Bastrop County residents who wish to voluntarily evacuate, especially from areas that have been historically prone to flooding. Small household pets will be accepted. There are limited cages, so please bring a cage if you have one for your pet.

 

City of Marble Falls, TX

Best Western Marble Falls Inn: 1403 N Highway 281, Marble Falls, TX 78654. Phone (830)-693-5122.

Quality Inn Lake Marble Falls: 1206 Highway 281 North, Marble Falls, TX 78654. Phone (830)-693-7531.

Hampton Inn on the Lake: 704 First Street, Marble Falls, TX 78654. Phone: +1-830-798-1895 or (830)-798-1895.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Marble Falls501 Hwy 2147 West, Marble Falls, TX 78654. Phone: (830)-798-2020

Holiday Inn Express Marble Falls714 corazon Dr, Marble Falls, TX 78654. Phone: (830)-693-0707

Hill Country Inn & Suites: 830-693-3637: 1101 Hwy 281 N Marble Falls, TX 78654. Phone: (830)-693-3637

 

Find loved ones who marked themselves as safe or to register yourself as safe

Visit https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/

 

Volunteer

City of Houston

  • Salvation Army Family Residence Shelter: Address 1603 McGowen St, Houston, Texas 77004. Phone  (713)-650-6530. Ask for Ruby or Yolanda.
  • George R Brown Convention Center: Address 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010. Phone 713.853.8001Also in need of sweaters, socks, blankets, pillows, towels, diapers, formula, toothbrushes, toothpaste, food (packaged/ready to eat), comfort kits, first aid supplies, medical gloves, feminine products, shampoo, conditioner. Please drop off at Hall E.
  • Fire Marshall is looking for individuals with high water vehicles and boats to help with water rescues: call 713.881.3100
  • If you are an attorney and would like to help the Texas Bar assist victims of Harvey go to www.texasbar.com/attorneyvolunteer
  • Volunteer with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster https://www.nvoad.org/how-to-help/volunteering/

 

Donations Drop-Off

While financial donations still continue to be the preferred way of assisting survivors of the catastrophic flooding occurring in our city. As part of the joint City/County Donations Management Plan,  donations drop-off points have been opened for residents who wish to donate in-kind to disaster survivors:

BBVA Compass Stadium
2200 Texas Avenue
(Please take donations to the Southeast Gate at Emancipation & Walker)
Houston, Texas 77003
*Please note this location is no longer taking clothing donations

World Harvest Outreach Seventh-Day Adventist Church
10800-A  Scott Street
Houston 77047
Contact: Pastor Kenneth Goodman (713.364.9763)
Receiving Donations: M-F 9:00am – 6:00pm

Bethel Heavenly  Hands Church
12660 Sandpipers Street
Houston, Texas 77035
Contact: Pastor Walter August, Jr. (713.962.6602)
Receiving Donations: M-F 8:00am – 6:00pm

Additional drop-off points may be established as conditions change, so check houstonrecovers.org for more. 

Residents who wish to help survivors should remember that only usable items should be donated.  Donating materials that are worn-out, unwashed, or serve little purpose for the immediate needs of survivors may delay the sorting and distribution process.

If you are able to donate the following, please drop them off at designated locations:

  • Food: Unexpired, non-perishable and easy-to-make
  • Water: Bottled water with the safety seal intact
  • Children’s Supplies: Diapers, wipes, bottles, formula, diaper rash cream (in their original, unopened packaging) and cribs, playpens, car seats (new or gently used condition), and toys.
  • Clothing: New or gently used, and seasonally-appropriate. (e.g. shirts, pants, socks, shoes.) Only new undergarments will be accepted.
  • Equipment: Items that can be used to assist in the emergency response and immediate relief phase – such as power tools, ladders, chainsaws, fans, etc.
  • Supplies: Cleaning supplies (e.g. bleach, sponges, mops, N95 filtration masks, gloves, buckets,) chairs, and tables
  • Materials:  Building materials (e.g. sheetrock, plywood, and lumber)
  • Toys: Only new or clean, gently-used toys will be accepted (e.g. books, board games, battery-operated games)
  • Furniture: Only furniture in clean and usable condition
  • Bedding: New bedding (sheets, pillows, comforters, etc.) in unopened packages are preferred

Individuals, companies and organizations that wish to donate monetarily or in-kind can contact the Donations Management hotline at

(800) 924-5985

between the hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday to ask questions about making donations.

Emergency Phone Numbers

 

TV Station Livestream

Volunteer

  • Salvation Army Family Residence Shelter: 1603 McGowen St, Houston, Texas 77004. Phone: 713.650.6530 and ask for Ruby or Yolanda.
  • George R Brown Convention Center. 713.853.8001Also in need of sweaters, socks, blankets, pillows, towels, diapers, formula, toothbrushes, toothpaste, food (packaged/ready to eat), comfort kits, first aid supplies, medical gloves, feminine products, shampoo, conditioner. Please drop off at Hall E.
  • Fire Marshall is looking for individuals with high water vehicles and boats to help with water rescues: call 713.881.3100
  • If you are an attorney and would like to help the Texas Bar assist victims of Harvey go to www.texasbar.com/attorneyvolunteer
  • Volunteer with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster https://www.nvoad.org/how-to-help/volunteering/

 

Lost Wages due to Harvey

  • Texas Workforce Commissionhttp://www.twc.state.tx.us/news/hurricane-harvey-disaster-aid-available-18-texas-counties The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) as a result of severe weather due to Hurricane Harvey. Under Presidential Disaster Declaration (FEMA 4332-DR) dated August 25, 2017, workers who lost their jobs and self-employed individuals who have been unable to work due to damage sustained from Hurricane Harvey. Applications for DUA must be submitted by September 27, 2017. TWC’s website contains more information about Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
  • FEMA-Disaster Unemployment- 800-622-3362

 

Flood Insurance Claim

  • National Flood Insurance ProgramPolicyholders may call 1-800-621-3362 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (CDT) for general information, servicing of claims, or technical assistance.
  • FEMATexans who have sustained property damage from severe storms and flooding are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at disasterassistance.gov.
  • To take advantage of current Texas Insurance Law protecting property owners’ with regard to damage claims resulting from HURRICANE HARVEY, policyholders should send a written message or email directly to their insurance company that (1) specifically references their claim; AND (2) is dated BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2017. Telephone messages will not suffice to give written notice. KEEP A HARD COPY OF WHAT IS SENT.
  • Reason why it needs to be before September 1:https://www.texastribune.org/2017/05/04/texas-house-weather-insurance-lawsuits/

Democrat Mayor of Houston ignores Fed warning in Hurricane Harvey

Democratic Mayor of Houston (Sylvester Turner) ignores Fed warning in Hurricane Harvey

1. Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) warns Texans in Houston

On Friday, before Harvey made landfall, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) encouraged residents to evacuate low lying and coastal areas, even if a mandatory evacuation order had not been issued.

“Even if an evacuation order hasn’t been issued by your local official, if you’re in an area between Corpus Christi and Houston, you need to strongly consider evacuating,” Abbott said at a news conference. “What you don’t know, and what nobody else knows right now, is the magnitude of flooding that will be coming.

“You don’t want to put yourself in a situation where you could be subject to a search and rescue.”

The governor’s warning was in sharp contrast to the advice local and county officials had been dispensing for days: Shelter and stay in place.

 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) told residents to prepare for “a very major disaster” in Hurricane Harvey during a Friday news conference.

Despite no mandatory evacuations being issued, Abbott urged citizens to evacuate from low-lying and coastal areas while there is still time. Harvey, he said, “has turned into a very complex and dangerous hurricane,” and said the state will be “dealing with immense, really record-setting flooding in multiple regions across the state of Texas.”

“Even if an evacuation order hasn’t been issued by your local official,” Abbott stressed, “if you’re in an area between Corpus Christi and Houston, you need to strongly consider evacuating.”

Abbott said that mandatory evacuation orders are left up to local officials who have the best understanding of their regions, and that he has already sent a request to President Trump to declare a major federal disaster in Texas.

Nevertheless, Abbott’s rightful and laudable efforts to manage the hurricanes continue unabated.

 

 

2. Houston Democrat Mayor,  Sylvester Turner, ignores the warning

In contrast, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner purposely ignores the Governor’s warning, either because of complete and woeful incompetence or playing partisan politics, or both. Why setting up weather forecast system and contingent planning at all if they are not to be heeded or used? Here is what Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said on Aug 24, 2017, 3 days before the flood: “Ignore unfounded, unsourced weather predictions that have needlessly frightened Houstonians. Get info from trusted outlets.”

 

3. Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management ignores warning

“LOCAL LEADERS KNOW BEST,” Francisco Sanchez, also a Democrat and a spokesman for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, tweeted in response to Abbott’s warning.

There were no evacuation orders in Houston, and orders only existed in a few communities in Harris County, Sanchez stressed on Friday afternoon.

In a follow-up tweet, Sanchez urged residents to heed the advice of local officials, such as Harris County Judge Ed Emmett (D) and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D), rather than the governor. In fact, it seems he dismissed or even mocked the governor for not knowing what would be best for the community by adamantly emphasizing “LOCAL LEADERS KNOW BEST” in his tweet.

 

4. The outcome

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Hurricane Harvey turned out to be as Category 4 Hurricane, exactly as forecast, and the city of Houston became severely flooded as a result, as many places were as much as 17 feet underwater. This was in vast contrast with the assessment by Sylvester Turner. Texas Governor Greg Abbott was correct in his recommendation of evacuation of Houston residents. By contrast, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner was absolutely erroneous in his ordering Houston residents to stay. Instead of evacuating 6.4 million residents by cars and trucks, now the evacuation of the same number of residents must be done by boats- an undertaking apparently more costly and more challenging.

As expected, the failed Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner was quick to blame other factors to deflect criticism of his unwise and costly decision.

Long line of compassionate volunteers with boats from Cajun Navy come to the rescue. Houston Flood, Hurricane Harvey. Texas.

5. Houston residents angry over incompetent Democrats putting millions of human lives at risk.

Needless to say, residents of Houston and Harris County caught up as victims in Harvey, the Category 4 Hurricane, and the subsequent flood, were not too kind in their thoughts of the Mayor. Torrential rains and flood were met with torrential tweets from angry residents of Houston and Harris County, including constituents of this racist, incompetent Democratic black Mayor. Here are what people think about this assessment:

 

6. Difference with Katrina

The Storms

Katrina: It made landfall near the Louisiana/Mississippi border on Aug. 29, 2005, as a Category 3 storm and measured 350 miles across. However, the relatively low classification, based on wind speed, was deceptive because Katrina produced the highest storm surge ever recorded in the United States.

Harvey: It made landfall in Rockport, Tex., on Friday as a Category 4 storm, measuring 200 miles across, but was quickly downgraded. As of Monday, it was expected to linger for days, causing the National Weather Service to warn, “This event is unprecedented and all impacts are unknown.”

Deaths and Damage

Katrina: One of the deadliest hurricanes ever to strike the United States, Katrina was responsible for 1,833 deaths, and some bodies were untouched for days. The storm inflicted more than $100 billion in damage, with most of it caused by wind, storm surge and the failure of the levees. Katrina also left three million people across the region without power.

Harvey: Local officials have reported at least 10 deaths in Texas since the storm began, and the number could rise. Heavy rains and flooding are expected to continue at least through Friday, and most of the damage could be caused by flooding.

As for the economy, the Gulf region’s capacity as an oil and gas hub — Houston accounted for 2.9 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product in 2015 — does not appear to have been seriously compromised, and economists were predicting that the storm’s cost would be less than half that of Katrina’s. So far in Texas, there are 300,000 people without power.

Rainfall

Katrina: Rain was not the main problem with Katrina, which yielded 5 to 10 inches of rainfall in a 48-hour period.

Harvey: By contrast, Harvey brought a deluge, with up to 50 inches of rain predicted over the next several days — more than Houston receives in a year.

Evacuation

Katrina: The mandatory evacuation of New Orleans was announced a day before the storm hit. An estimated 100,000 people remained stuck in the city. A few weeks later, in another chaotic evacuation, more than 100 people died leaving the Houston area to escape Hurricane Rita.

Harvey: Houston did not call on residents to evacuate and is now urging those who can to shelter in place. However, as the rain continued on Monday, a growing number of other jurisdictions — like Bay City, which expected 10 feet of water downtown — urged residents to leave.

Assistance

Katrina: displaced over a million people and damaged or destroyed 275,000 homes. Almost a million households received individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Harvey: We don’t know yet how many people will be forced out of their homes. But the vast majority of homes in Harvey’s path are not insured against flooding, according to figures from the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA officials estimated that 450,000 people were likely to seek federal aid.

Summary

Katrina: Evacuation chaos and mostly unfounded panic over riots and violence made issues of race, poverty and government failures impossible to ignore. The breaches of the levees compounded those problems and represented an engineering failure of grave proportions.

Harvey: Harvey will likely sharpen an ongoing debate over whether Houston, a city driven by real estate, has overbuilt at the expense of flood control.

 

7. Conclusion

Democrat-run-cities

Due to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s bad decision, 46 deaths (and counting) and massive amount of damages could likely have been avoided, either fully or partially, had many of the residents, especially in the lowland areas, were evacuated as warned before the Category 4 Hurricane Harvey landed in Houston, Harris County, Port Arthur, Beaumont areas. Indeed, this incompetent & corrupt Houston Mayor already has blood on his hands merely 1 year into his governance and mayorship.

It’s not just partisan politics, Democrats in local, municipal, state, and federal governments have notoriously been known as corrupt and incompetent, as many of the Democrat mayors have persistently run previously prosperous U.S. cities to the ground. However, it is ultimately the residents of those cities, Houston included, would pay the prices for their costly votes. It is unfortunate for the non-Democrat voters of those cities who usually find themselves being victimized by the votes not of their own whenever a Democrat or a RINO (Republican In Name Only) wins the election. American Patriots should participate more in the political process and vote for the right candidate to avoid being victimized by the incompetent Democrat or RINO.