Historic flooding in the Houston area has killed seven people and caused more than 1,200 high-water rescues since it began on Monday. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has since declared a state of emergency in nine counties.
HOPE worldwide Houston Chapter Director Matthew Bridges is organizing volunteers to respond to the disaster. The Chapter, trained in disaster response by the American Red Cross a few years ago, is currently serving displaced neighbors at local shelters. Volunteers will also be involved with clean-up efforts in the coming weeks.
So far, the members of our local church, the Greater Houston Church of Christ, are all accounted for. Homes have been flooded and some people have had to be rescued by boat. Please keep Houston in your prayers as the flooding is expected to continue.
An estimated 240 billion gallons of rain have fallen in the Houston area in the past few days resulting in about $5 billion of property damage. Authorities are calling this the most significant flooding since Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.