At a Glance: Hurricane Harvey Member Updates

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On the night of August 25th, a devastating hurricane made landfall over Texas, causing catastrophic flooding that has left more than 30,000 Americans in need of shelter. The storm inflicted major damage along the Texas coastline and inundated local emergency responders.

As authorities in disaster response and coordination, InterAction’s members - whose work spans the globe -  are bringing their expertise to provide immediate relief to the millions impacted by Hurricane Harvey. InterAction is sharing updates from its members who are currently responding and perspectives from the affected communities in the wake of storm. If you are an InterAction member currently responding in Texas, you can share stories by submitting a post to the InterAction blog via the user login page. Please send any questions on how to contribute blogs or member news to communications@interaction.org.

 

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Member Responses & Resources

Below is a collection of links to statements and updates from InterAction members.

Blogs

International Orthodox Christian Charities Responds to Devastation of Hurricane Harvey

August 28 (Baltimore, MD) The National Weather Service predicts an additional 50 inches of rainfall in the Houston area, potentially causing loss of life, extensive property damage, and hardship for the residents of the US’ fourth-largest city. Fatalities are estimated to be five people, with thousands more displaced across Southern Texas and Louisiana. "The breadth and intensity of this rainfall are beyond anything experienced before," the weather service said. "Catastrophic flooding is now underway and expected to continue for days."

Co-ops Combat Hurricane Damage

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation, electric cooperative crews in Texas moved quickly to assess damage and rebuild ravaged systems, but cautioned that full restoration could take weeks, in some cases.

“In the Rockport-Aransas Pass area it looks pretty bad,” said Ronald D. Hughes, CEO and general manager of San Patricio Electric Cooperative. “Restoration in that area is going to take up to two weeks or longer to get equipment in there and change out everything we need to replace.”

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