Hurricane Harvey hits Texas Coast and is being called the most powerful U.S. Hurricane
in over a Decade!
Hurricane Harvey came in as a Category 4, catastrophic and deadly storm. The city of Rockport, Texas took a direct hit. Over a dozen tornadoes have been reported, and flooding is causing widespread devastation, uprooting fully mature trees. Businesses and homes are being destroyed.
Hurricane Harvey is expected to produce winds over 70 mph, total rain accumulations of 15 to 30 inches and isolated maximum amounts of 40 inches over the middle and upper Texas coast. So far, Hurricane Harvey has caused three fatalities. Currently 300,000 people are without power and the numbers continue to rise! This storm has caused devastating flooding in Houston, New Orleans and scores of smaller communities in the surrounding areas. This epic flooding has currently passed every major record in the impacted areas.
During the same time period Harvey is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 5 to 15 inches in far south Texas and the Texas Hill Country over through southwest and central Louisiana. Rainfall of this magnitude will cause catastrophic and life threatening situations.
This is just one of the many domestic disasters National Disaster Services of the Society of St Vincent de Paul is responding to. With your help and the help of SVdP Conferences and Councils, we will be armed with the needed resources.
One of the most important resources is to ensure the Domestic Disaster Fund is sufficient to help during these times of crisis. These funds will help to support SVdP Domestic Disaster resources needed to respond to disasters across the United States. With the increasing number of disasters, you can help ensure there are adequate resources to assist our neighbors in need.
You can help, and your Conference and Council can help by making a donation to the SVdPUSA Domestic Disaster Fund.
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