Report from the Houston Jewish Federation

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The report below comes from the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston:

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Imagine living in a community that has experienced three major floods in less than two years; and this was the worst one. It is almost unbelievable. We have received half of our total yearly rainfall in just three days and it is still raining.

Schools are closed and mass infrastructure problems caused by flooding have made it difficult to travel and assess the extent of the damage. No one can believe that they are dealing with flooding for the second time in less than a year and, like last time, some of the hardest hit areas are in the hub of Jewish life. Here are photos from the local ABC News affiliate that show what life is like in Houston.

Many of Houston’s large elderly Jewish population had to be evacuated from their residences. Flooding at the Jewish Assisted Living Center resulted in the need to rent a second generator, which was quite costly. 

Displaced families are in the process of taking up shelter at nearby schools. Many local residents have organized rescue missions for those that are stranded or unable to help themselves.

This video posted yesterday on The Houston Jewish Federation's Facebook page shows a Federation staff member being rescued via boat.

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Photo at top: Texas National Guard, Aug 27, 2017, from Flickr. License: CC BY 2.0