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Helping Folks From Harvey

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Happy Monday.

Hurricane Harvey proved to be as formidable a Mother Nature foe as we anticipated, and then some.

After storming the beaches of Rockport and Port Aransas, Harvey’s rain bands settled in and around Southeast Texas, hammering municipalities up and down the coast. Houston was particularly hard hit, with flooding around the city stranding people on rooftops — of cars and homes — and bringing out a kind of citizen navy over the weekend, with 911 calls overwhelming the city’s official responders.

Social media has also played a role in keeping people in the loop, and offering up needed lifelines in urgent situations.

CNN reported hundreds of stranded Texas residents sought help by posting on Facebook and Twitter, often Tweeting their addresses directly to emergency officials. They also organized rescue missions through Facebook groups, posting harrowing pictures to show how high the water had risen.

So how you can you help? Slate has published a listing of a variety of Texas local charitable organizations, and you can always donate directly to the American Red Cross.

Oh, and a friendly reminder…Harvey’s not done with Texas. The storm is hovering over Southeast Texas and is expected to drop another 20-30 inches of rain before this is all over.

Written by turbotodd

August 28, 2017 at 9:04 am

Posted in 2017

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