Here is my Hurricane Harvey update from my previous post: we evacuated the day before the storm hit about 100 miles north of Houston. It took a while to make it back home as most of the Interstates into the city were flooded (in addition to everything else). I-45 finally cleared most of the way home and we made it back to Houston Wednesday afternoon – we had about two feet of water in the garage yet none in the house as it was built elevated from the street level. Sure, we threw away a lot of ruined stuff but our cleanup is done, it was only material things, and we feel extremely lucky.
Over 40 people at my company’s Houston offices need a new place to live: the devastation across the city you saw on the national news was about 10% of reality – it is really bad. Many neighborhoods are still underwater and over 100,000 people lost everything.
Today is Labor Day in the United States: if you are in the Houston area, please consider donating some of your sweat equity to a neighbor, friend, or total stranger to assist in the cleanup efforts – they need the help!
If you are not in the Houston area, please consider a donation to any charity assisting the Houston recovery efforts with the exception of the Red Cross (they take out way too much of your donation as an overhead administrative fee): many local churches are involved and I would recommend hitting the link at www.second.org as they have boots on the ground across the Houston area right now making a huge difference, and 100% of the donation goes to helping out those who lost everything.
Texans don’t complain about what the government didn’t do for them, but roll up their sleeves and get it done!