After a harrowing past few days for Houstonians, finally some good news may be in sight. According to David Paul, KHOU 11 Chief Meteorologist, tropical storm Harvey is now heading east of the Houston area, meaning the Houston floods may be finally coming to an end.
Water releases from nearby lakes and reservoirs continue to threaten some areas, however, it likely won’t worsen the Houston floods as much as expected.
This is indeed a silver lining for residents who have been experiencing the devastating consequences of the Houston floods from tropical storm Harvey.
Houston Will Finally See The Sun
On Tuesday evening, local residents were able to see some sun rays and a rainbow, bringing hope to the weary masses and exhausted rescuers.
The weather forecast for Houston through the week and weekend calls for dry weather, with Harvey set to head to neighboring Louisiana. There’s no rain forecast for the next five days, so hopefully, that’s enough time for the floodwater to dry up and the Houston floods to begin to dissipate. Some rain is expected on Monday and Tuesday.
Death Toll From Houston Floods Reaches 30
Local authorities and the County Institute of Forensic Sciences have updated the number of confirmed fatal victims to 30 after finding an 89-year-old woman, Agnes Stanley’s body floating in floodwater in her home. This number may rise over the next few days, as several missing people are still unaccounted for.
The Federal Government’s Response
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards praised the federal government for the “excellent” response to Hurricane Harvey and the Houston floods.
Edwards told CNN, “Well, first of all, let me tell you the federal government has been excellent. The president has called twice. He signed the declaration we requested within a few hours of our making the request on Sunday evening. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Duke has been wonderful and FEMA administrator Brock has been great as well.”
Ways To Help
The tragic events of the Houston floods brought out the best in the American people. If you are willing to help those in need but you’re not sure how to do it, here is a list of some of the things you can do to help those affected by the tropical storm Harvey:
1- Volunteer: You can be a volunteer, just get in touch with the Houston Food Bank
2- Donate Money: Get in touch with a reputable charitable organization like the Red Cross
3- Help Pets: Contact Houston SPCA
4- Donate Blood: Contact the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
5- Language Aid: If you are an interpreter and want to help those who don’t speak English fluently, contact Day Translations, who are offering free language interpreting services throughout the Houston area.