Local Recovery Center opens in Kingwood to help survivors of Tropical Depression Imelda

A Local Recovery Center, or LRC, opened Sept. 23 in Kingwood to help survivors of Tropical Depression Imelda.

The recovery center is located at Kingwood United Methodist Church at 1799 Woodland Hills Drive, Room K105, Kingwood, according to a Sept. 21 news release from Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo's office. The center will remain open Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon to help local residents recover from the storm.

The centers are staffed with representatives from the Harris County Community Services Department and from various nonprofits, according to the release. Staff members will be available to answer questions about recovery programs and local resources, including where residents can access food and temporary housing, cleanup support and debris removal, legal services and assistance with filing insurance claims, according to the release.

In addition to in-person assistance, residents can visit readyharris.org for more resources. Residents who need cleanup assistance are encouraged to register their homes with Crisis Cleanup by calling 844-451-1954.

Tracking damages

Local leaders are also requesting feedback from the Lake Houston-area community to determine the extent of damages to the Kingwood and Lake Houston areas.

The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce asks that business owners affected by Imelda fill out the Lake Houston Business Disaster Recovery Assessment or call the Chamber at 281-446-2128 to report damages to their businesses, per a Sept. 20 news release. The Chamber hopes to organize assistance and services for local businesses.

Additionally, a Sept. 20 news release from Houston City Council Member Dave Martin's office requested Kingwood and Lake Houston-area residents continue to report storm debris and structural flooding to Houston 311 by calling 713-837-0311. The information given to Houston 311 is used by the city to create a record of impacted homes as well as ensure city departments respond to Kingwood's needs quickly, the release stated.

Meanwhile, the city of Houston's Sold Waste Department is also set to begin picking up debris from the Lake Houston area Sept. 23, per the release.

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By Kelly Schafler

Editor, Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood

Kelly Schafler is the editor for the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood edition of Community Impact Newspaper, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she became editor, she was the reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition for a year and a half.


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