In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, devastating large sections of the coast and inland. It was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005, ending a record 12-year span in which no hurricanes made landfall at such an intensity in the country. In a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 inches of rain as the system slowly meandered over eastern Texas and adjacent waters, causing catastrophic flooding. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues.
NECHAMA teams were on the ground in September 2017, working in both the response and rebuild phases up until April 2018.
Wharton County, roughly 60 miles south-west of Houston, did not receive the same level of support due to its rural setting. Our small, short-lived Program focused on installing insulation and drywall.
Families Assisted: 4
Days Deployed: 55
Volunteer Numbers: 4
Volunteer Hour Dollar Value: $10, 026