It is truly heartbreaking the devastation and destruction Hurricane Harvey has left in its wrath across Texas and Louisiana this week, dumping over 9 trillion gallons over Houston alone! It’s no surprise Harvey has been labeled “the worst rainfall disaster in US history” by some climatologists!
Hampton Roads residents are all too familiar with hurricane season looming over us year after year from June 1 to November 20. Hot news topics include storm safety tips, the nearest shelters in case of evacuation and the latest flash flood alert after a heavy rainfall. It’s inevitable that areas are going to flood, and some are more susceptible than others. KnowYouZone.org states, “We ALL live in flood zone and we are all at risk of floods damaging our property.” Do you know your zone? You can easily find it at the FEMA Flood Map Service Center. All you need to do is type in the address and the map will reveal your flood risk. And there’s more! You can also learn how to read a flood map and even find out if your own community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, which provides affordable insurance to property owners and communities. Go ahead, check it out!
Just this past January, FEMA issued a new Houston flood map. They urged residents to check the map to see if they would need to buy flood insurance before the map was officially released in the later part of the month. At that time, no one, especially residents in Houston and surrounding areas, could even fathom the events that have recently occurred! Our hearts and prayers are with everyone affected by this horrendous storm.
If you are interested in donating to Harvey Victims, the New York Times compiled an authentic list in an article “Where to Donate to Harvey Victims (and How to Avoid Scams).”