Tropical Storm Imelda caused catastrophic flooding and devastation in East Texas. Some areas received up to 40 inches of rain in just a matter of hours. Initial estimates put the devastation at over 3,492 homes with major damage and/or destroyed due to rising floodwaters; Individual Assistance Preliminary Damage Assessments are still ongoing. Texas VOAD member agencies have been very active in response to Tropical Storm Imelda. Since September 17th, these agencies have been providing mass care sheltering, feeding, bulk distribution, damage assessments, emergency food boxes, clean-up kits, personal care and comfort kits, blankets, mucking & gutting assistance, and many more services to the residents of East Texas.
The State of Texas has requested a major disaster declaration for Individual Assistance for 6 counties. Since 2015, these six counties have been included in six major disaster declarations. Notably, in August of 2017, this area was significantly impacted by Hurricane Harvey and suffered devastating flooding. As a result, Texans, first responders across the state, local officials, and voluntary organizations are exhausted. Voluntary organizations in particular are suffering from volunteer fatigue and little money coming into our organizations to assist Texans. The last several years have taken a toll on the people and the property of Texas. Texans are resilient, however few can recover without assistance when disasters hit one right after another, especially when the affected locations are recovering from previous disasters. Texans will overcome these challenges, however assistance is needed from our National VOAD partners in order to do so.
If your organization is interesting in helping Texas communities impacted by Imelda, please contact:
Kathy Clark (TXVOAD President) – [email protected]
Damian Morales (TXVOAD Secretary) – [email protected]