houston relief hub is compiling resources for those affected by tropical storm imelda
The following resources have been made available from readyharris.org and will be update as more information is available:
Imelda Assistance Fund
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner have established the Imelda Assistance Fund to meet the needs of those who have suffered damage during Tropical Storm Imelda and the flooding that followed. To learn more and to donate to the Imelda Assistance Fund, please go to https://ghcf.org/imelda/.
As of 4:00 p.m. Thursday, the heaviest rainfall from the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda has ended.
Residents are urged to continue taking protective measures to ensure their safety. As many roadways remain flooded, the smart choice is to stay home and avoid driving unless absolutely necessary.
If your home has taken in water, STAY WHERE YOU ARE. You are far safer at home than trying to walk though flooded roads or open spaces. Once darkness falls, it will be impossible to see danger from deep water, wildlife, and debris. Call 9-1-1 only if you believe you are in danger.
What you should do:
Residents are encouraged to monitor the forecast, road conditions and have multiple ways to receive alerts.
People should bring their pets inside and delay travel or outdoor activities during periods of heavy rainfall. If travel is unavoidable, reduce your speed to avoid hydroplaning. If a Flash Flood Warning is issued for your area, DO NOT TRAVEL.
If you must travel, never drive into high water and use extreme caution at underpasses and low-lying areas where water accumulates.
Always remember to Turn Around, Don’t Drown! DO NOT DRIVE through high water and DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES.
Just two feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
Monitor local weather.
Check driving conditions before getting on roadways at Houston TranStar: www.houstontranstar.org.
View live rainfall rateson the Harris County Flood Warning System Website: www.harriscountyfws.org.
American Red Cross Shelters OPEN in Harris County:
Kingwood First Baptist Church, 3500 Woodland Hills Dr, Kingwood, TX 77339
St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 14225 Hargrave Road, Houston, TX, 77070
New Light Christian Center – East, 7313 East Houston Road, Houston, TX 77028
For Recovery Resources call 211
211 Texas/United Way Helpline is operated by United Way of Greater Houston is committed to helping people connect with the services they need. Whether by phone or internet, our goal is to present accurate, well-organized and easy-to-find information from state and local health and human services programs. 211 Texas is a free, anonymous social service hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Help can be provided in 150 different languages. You can dial 211 or 877 541-7905 or search the database at www.211texas.org
To Report a Flooded Home
Please fill out the Report Home Flooding form or call the Harris County Engineering Department - Permits Office at 713-274-3880 between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Food Pantry Finder
Click Here to find a local food pantry from the Houston Food Bank.
Disaster Recovery How to Replace Important Documents
Disaster Recovery Renter's Rights
Muck and Gut Resources
Here are some things to keep in mind if you need to file an insurance claim:
Report your claim immediately
Take pictures or video of all damages
Save all your receipts
If you have flooding, disconnect electronics and electrical appliances and move them to a dry place, and move any damaged household items to a dry place
If you evacuate, call your agent and provide a number where you can be reached
Don’t start a car that’s flooded since hidden water could further damage your vehicle and cause other risks
Dry out your car and other water-damaged items to prevent mold
If your car was towed due to flooding you can search for it on FindMyTowedCar.com
Allstate 1-800-54-Storm (1-800-547-8676)
AAA Texas 1-800-672-5246
Farmers 1-800-HelpPoint (1-800-435-7764) or Spanish (1-877-732-5266)
Foremost Insurance 1-800-527-3907
Bristol West Insurance 1-800-274-7865
Mercury Insurance 1-800-503-3724
State Farm 1-800 SF CLAIM (1-800-732-5246)
Travelers Insurance 1-800-238-6225
Texas Windstorm Insurance Association 1-800-788-8247
The Texas Department of Insurance can also help you find the right contacts: 1-800-252-3439; https://www.tdi.texas.gov/consumer/disasters.html