It's been more than a week since Hurricane Harvey first made landfall on the Gulf Coast of Texas, and the recovery process is just starting to get underway. Many parts of the coastal region have returned to normal function, while others are still in immediate danger.
Updates from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey look promising overall, but there's still a lot of work to be done to make sure that vulnerable communities don't get left behind.
Even nine days after the storm initially hit, there's a lot of immediate need in the affected area because floodwaters are still receding.
Much of Houston is still underwater, in addition to dozens of towns along the shore between Houston and the Louisiana border. The damage is so widespread that it's difficult to quantify, but a new estimate from Texas governor Greg Abbot suggests that recovery costs may exceed $180 billion.
But in response to the high levels of need, there have been encouraging offers of help from across the country. People have donated millions of dollars to countless charity drives, organized by both transnational corporations like Disney and private citizens simply selling t-shirts for awareness. The post-Harvey recovery will take years, but these updates indicate that it's off to a strong start.
Texans Are Still Leading The Recovery Efforts Themselves
The state has been praised for its DIY attitude in the wake of the storm — tens of thousands of citizens have pitched in to assist with demolitions, shelter displaced victims, and even perform high-water rescues.
But The Water Is Still Sitting There, And It Could Stick Around For A Long Time
Flooding has particularly debilitated the city of Houston, which received
20 trillion gallons of rainfall in the span of just a few days. Houston mayor Sylvester Turner stated via Twitter that dry apartments still had to be evacuated if the first floor was flooded, because the water might stick around long enough that buildings could suffer destabilizing structural damage. The Death Toll Of The Storm Has Risen
attributed 50 deaths to the storm, and that number could continue to rise as flood waters recede and previously inaccessible areas and structures are investigated. The Federal Government Is Chipping In Which Is Good Because Environmental Sub-Disasters Are Happening Left And Right Millions Have Already Been Raised For Charity Some Needs Are Met For Now, So Hold Off On Some Donations MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
Shelters have been inundated with items, especially baby supplies, to the point where they have more supplies than they have people to distribute them to. If you hold of on your donation for a few months, there will be a whole new crop of babies in need. Same thing with the Red Cross — they're receiving so much funding that they can't keep up with allocating it, while other organizations aren't getting enough.
Local Houston Charities Still Need Your Help
Speaking of which, try to focus your monetary donations on local Houston organizations that will get your contribution into the hands of the people who need it the fastest.
Texas still needs a lot of help, so be vigilant about your response to this disaster. The more everyone pitches in, the sooner people start living again instead of just surviving.
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