HOUSE OF 61 YEAR OLD JAMES REDD BEFORE AND AFTER THE HURRICANE IN HOUSTON, WHERE WATER STOOD AT 49 INCHES FOR 9 DAYS STRAIGHT. MANY OF HIS PERSONAL BELONGINGS WERE LOST TO FLOODING.
On August 25, 2017, the 130 mph winds of Hurricane Harvey reached the gulf coast of Texas. For a week, the hurricane survived on land before diminishing, leaving 27 trillion gallons of water along the coast, filling a 140 mile radius area. 2/3 of Houston was flooded, and almost a year later, the remnants of this record breaking storm still remain. Many houses are still empty, with a 5-6 year recovery process ahead.
In the 10 months since Harvey, people from across the nation have made a trip to Houston, rescuing residents from their homes, making donations, and rebuilding and designing houses throughout the area. Immediately following Harvey, 60 churches and other community organizations mobilized to the estimated 135,000 damaged or destroyed homes.
To see a map of where several volunteers traveled to assist in Houston, click here.
Since then, many more have joined the effort to restore the area, including both locals and those from around the world. One volunteer, Melinda Nienhueser mentioned the difference from the outer appearance to the inside of the homes saying, “I was shocked to see that the home owner was still living there, because the inside needed a lot of work. Even those though I would’ve considered it unlivable, she was so happy to be there and have a place to sleep.”