On August 25, 2017, the Texas coast was hit with the first Category 4 hurricane in 56 years that has brought unprecedented levels of flooding and destruction to the southeast part of the state. The storm has dumped as many as 20 inches of rain in some places and is expected to continue throughout the week. Hurricane Harvey has left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity or running water and has forced thousands of people from their homes.
News reports began coming out about people stranded by the high flood waters and families who had lost everything. One report in particular, about patients in an assisted living facility in Dickinson stranded in waist-high water, hit close to home for our firm. The elderly and immobile are especially vulnerable in situations like this and we encourage everyone to reach out and make sure their loved ones are okay if they live in any areas that could be flooded.
In an effort to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, Powers Taylor called shelters around Dallas to see what they were in need of and pooled together our resources to donate some much-needed items. We were able to donate diapers, wipes, formula, baby clothes, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, blankets, pet food, socks, underwear, and food to Trusted World to be disbursed among evacuees in North Texas.
The damages from Hurricane Harvey won’t be known for quite some time, as it will take weeks for the water to completely recede. This is a tragedy that will take months, and maybe even years to recover from. We encourage everyone to help out in any way they can. You can donate directly to the Red Cross by clicking this link. The Dallas Bar Association has also created a page dedicated to disaster relief, with information on how to donate items, money, or your time to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, it can be found here.