Relief efforts underway for Houston-area flood water victims

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A historic rainfall event hit northern Harris and south Montgomery counties overnight on April 17 and into the morning of April 18 resulting in flooded neighborhoods, streets and numerous school closures.


More than 15 inches of rain fell in some areas of Houston during that timeframe causing high water levels in area creeks, according to the National Weather Service.


“Our hearts and prayers are with the families of those who suffered in the [April 18] flooding and with those who are dealing with property losses,” Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal said in a statement. “This was a terrible tragedy.”


As water levels begin to recede, there are a number volunteer and relief efforts underway in Harris and Montgomery counties to help anyone affected by the floodwaters.


On April 25, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster assistance would be made available in Harris County to supplement local and state efforts to help those affected. Individuals who are eligible for FEMA funds should call 1-800-621-3362 or register online at www.disasterassistance.org.


Officials with the Montgomery County Food Bank are asking for $10 donations to aid in recovery and relief efforts. Pressing needs include bottled water, easy-to-eat meals, single-serving meals and basic hygiene products.


Individuals can also make donations online at www.mcfoodbank.org or via text message by sending the letters MCFB to 45777. Volunteers are also needed at the food bank to sort incoming items. To sign up for a volunteer shift, send an email to [email protected]


Montgomery County officials are also encouraging residents to reach out to the United Way of Greater Houston—which serves both counties—for help locating additional resources such as financial services and counseling. To learn more about available resources, call the United Way hotline at 713-957-4357, or 211, a nationwide resource and information hotline.


Residents in Montgomery County who experienced flood damage to their home can visit www.mctxoem.org to submit a residential damage report or call 936-523-3916. Harris County residents can report flooding online at www.hcfcd.org or by calling 713-684-4000.


Officials with the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management continue to monitor high water on area roadways. A list of updated roadways can be found at www.mctxoem.org.