Houston City Council Member Dave Martin has faced many challenges during his tenure serving the residents of Houston Council District E but none as seemingly insurmountable as Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath,
Harvey slammed into Houston Monday, Aug. 25, and dumped 27-35 inches of rain over Harris County, with multiple stormwater gages registering seven-day readings of more than 40 inches and a maximum of 49.56 inches near Clear Creek at Interstate 45.
As the rain began, and then the news became more serious, Martin realized he and his staff were in for a battle.
There were no imposters in Kingwood this week, attempting to lure homeowners of their residences with the intent to rob or burglarize them, said Houston City Council member Dave Martin. Social media ran wild with the news that scam artists were preying on Kingwood residents who were dealing with the stresses of Hurricane Harvey.
Eventually, the major TV stations picked up the story and the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management issued a press release on dealing with predators pretending to be police officers.
FEMA officials say that all those affected by Hurricane Harvey are eligible for assistance. Brock Long of FEMA spoke at a press conference today and gave advice on the process to get help.
The agency has already dispense $35 million in relief in the three days since the storm slammed into Houston and cause the worst flood in modern history.
They have received 195,000 claims as of today.
FEMA offers rent, repair and personal property assistance. All those affected by the storm should first contact their insurance company and then go to disasterassistance.org or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Claimants will have an inspector assigned to their claim who will come out and assess the damage.
As people in the Kingwood community continued to come together to help each other in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, on Wednesday, Aug. 30 there were a number of businesses in the front of Kingwood with open doors willing to help the community.
Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM) opened its doors on Thursday, Aug. 31 to help regular clients as well as those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Millie Garrison, executive director, said the charity has seen a steady number of people come in seeking assistance, and that lines had begun to form by noon. They will also host a hot food lunch to meet the needs of the community.
“We have people that are just trying to get home, and we have the processes and resources to help them do so. Several of these people had been evacuated and were in shelters such as the Humble Civic Center which is now closing,” she said.