Hurricane HARVEY - TEXAS relief


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Samaritan’s Purse Will Send

Five Disaster Relief Units to Texas

Venture Church and Samaritan's Purse Team Up

Two Samaritan's Purse disaster relief units are now in Texas to help residents as they continue to struggle with rain, flooding, and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey. Soon we will have a total of five of these tractor trailers in the state, setting up volunteer bases around Victoria, Rockport/Portland, Galveston/Santa Fe, and two in Houston.


“The flooding is just horrendous in southeast Texas,” Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham said. “People have lost their homes, and some have lost everything. We want to go and we want to be there in their time of need, helping them in the Name of Jesus Christ put their lives back together again.”


Two disaster relief units left North Carolina on the day the storm hit, and those tractor trailers are now in Victoria and the Rockport area. At those two locations, we are already coming alongside hurting homeowners in Jesus’ Name, accompanied by Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains. Specifically, volunteer teams are cutting trees, tarping roofs, and performing mud-outs.


The hurricane made landfall on August 25 as a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 130 mph. Now downgraded to a tropical depression after spending days as a powerful tropical storm, Harvey dumped over four feet of rain in and around Houston. Far eastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana were also hit by this storm as it made a second landfall on August 30.


The devastating weather event has caused widespread damage and more than three dozen fatalities. Catastrophic flooding put much of Houston under water. Beaumont and Port Arthur—about 100 miles to the east—received 26 inches of rain in 24 hours, again causing floodwaters to rise. Though the rain has now stopped and some flooding has begun to recede, the situation is still quite dangerous and movement is severely restricted. All branches of the U.S. military have been called in to help.


Hurricane Harvey is the strongest storm to hit the U.S. in over a decade. More than 100,000 homes are reported to be damaged or destroyed.


Please pray for those affected by this terrible storm, and pray for our teams who are responding.

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