“The rainfall is being measured in feet, not inches. A flood of this magnitude is an 800-year event, and it exceeds the design specification of our levees. It’s beyond anything we’ve ever experienced.”
– Fort Bend County County Judge Robert Herbert
The full extent of Harvey’s aftermath is coming into chilling focus today across Coastal Texas. More than 2,000 people have been rescued from their homes in Houston. It’s estimated that over 35,000 are in shelters, and 45,000 have been forced to flee from the flooding. As the death toll rises, Harvey is circling back out into the Gulf of Mexico to recharge its batteries, only to boomerang back into Coastal Texas with newfound intensity. The damage is — in a word —catastrophic.
Texas is our home. We aren’t going to sit idly by while our neighbors to the east get pummeled.
theCHIVE has already purchased a block of hotel rooms at the Westin in Austin to house evacuees from across Coastal Texas. But now it’s time to weigh in with a plan here, Chivers.
We’ve been working through the weekend to efficiently deploy a rescue plan. The last and most crucial piece is your support. Here’s the game plan:
Over the years we’ve refined our disaster relief strategy revolves around three key points:
– Fill an important void in the disaster zone
– Know what you’re good at, stay in your lane
– Deploy a long-term strategy
UPDATE #1: $35,000 in 15 minutes flat. I’ve never seen this kind of giving velocity. Ever, and that’s saying a lot.
UPDATE #2: $50,000 in an hour, doubled the goal and story going viral. I spoke to Seth at Triple G, “I just got a call from local officials, they all cheered with joy because they are stuck with MRE’s and soon they will be fed with fresh food everyday!”
UPDATE #3: $75,000 in 2 hours. You’re doubling then tripling the goal as fast as I can refresh the page.
UPDATE #4: $100,000!!! Unreal
UPDATE #5: $125,000 and still gaining momentum. Other small towns in the affected area around Refugio have contacted us for help. Thanks to you they will be getting it.