Houston flooding May 2015

Houston flood resources

Right now there are parts of Houston that are underwater. Cars are submerged around Houston streets and highways. There are many residents that still do not have electricity and many others who have been displaced from their homes.

Yet, the city of Houston will pull through this and the members of the Texas Organizing Project will be working to make sure that residents affected by the flooding will get the relief that we need. We did it during the aftermath of Hurricane Ike and you’ll be able to count on us now.

In the meantime, here’s a list of resources for residents affected by the Houston Floods. It goes without saying, but please check on your family and neighbors to make sure everyone is okay. Finally, if you say water on the roadway, please remember to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

Resources for those impacted:

Estimated 1,400 damaged structures

  • Take pictures and document damage for insurance claims and reimbursements
  • Start clean up right away.
  • Call 311 from your phone to report debris or structural flooding
  • Submit a 311 report online

METRO Updates—Metro is up and running

1,087 Cars were towed yesterday—Find your towed/abandoned car

Power outages

Food safety after power outages

  • http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/refridg_food.html
  • Your food should be safe as long as power is out no more than 4 hours
  • Keep the door closed as much as possible
  • Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers) that have been above 40°F for over 2 hours

Legal hotline

  • The State Bar of Texas has established a legal hotline at 1 (800) 504-7030 to help people find answers to basic legal questions and connect them with local legal aid providers following the recent flooding

Flood Safety

  • Light rain is expected throughout the week—please be safe.
  • Residents are strongly encouraged to avoid traveling through affected areas if possible. The flood water is unsafe not only for travel, but due to contamination from debris.

Monetary donations and volunteering

Please only call 911 for IMMEDIATE medical, fire or police emergencies.
Call 311 to report flooding or debris in streets.
(Reminder: June 1st is the start of Hurricane Season)