Texas Flooding: Millions Face Flash Flood Emergency
The American Red Cross is on the ground in Texas where heavy rains are causing a flash flood emergency situation affecting more than three million people living in the Houston area.
As many as 16 inches of rain have already fallen in the region and more rain is expected. Red Cross workers are opening shelters for people forced to leave their homes and monitoring the ongoing situation with emergency managers. Mandatory and voluntary evacuations are underway and one report indicates there have already been numerous water rescues.
According to reports from the impacted area, hundreds of homes are flooded along at least seven bayous so far, affecting hundreds of homes in what is being described as a devastating flood event. Travel is difficult with many roads impassable. The affected area is home to 3.1 million people, more than 800 schools and more than 55 hospitals.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? The Red Cross is urging people in the area to be prepared.
HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like flooding and countless other crises can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.