Almost 40 inches of rain came pouring down in the Houston area from last Thursday evening through early yesterday – almost a four-day stretch of time. To give some perspective, almost 50 inches is the average annual rainfall at Houston’s Bush International Airport.
Houston has been hit hard with catastrophic flooding and damage from Hurricane Harvey, and the rain isn’t predicted to stop until late this week.
“Our hearts go out to all of the families affected by this disaster,” says Bob Gilbertson, Jr., president and CEO of the YMCA. “A note from the Houston Y CEO indicated that it is worse than it has been represented on news programs. Homes, businesses and schools have been flooded and will not be useable for months in the fourth largest city in the U.S.
“The Y of Greater Houston is responding by working with the City and Emergency Services to provide support. While many of the Ys in the area have sustained flooding and damage, those that are deemed safe will be opened as shelter for the community,” Gilbertson, Jr., says.
If you are looking for a way to help the Houston community, and would like to be a part of the YMCA’s relief efforts, text the word HOUSTON to 91999 to make a donation. Your support will help provide the families and individuals who come to YMCA with their basic needs in this time of crisis. You can find out more information at https://www.ymcahouston.org/blog/support-harvey-relief-efforts.