Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25 as a Category 4 storm packing 130 mph winds. It devastated the town of Rockport, near Corpus Christi, and has caused unprecedented flooding throughout southern Texas and Louisiana. Some 8 million people are currently impacted by more than 50 inches of rain. It is estimated that 30,000 people are currently displaced and over 500,000 homes have sustained some form of damage. FEMA is preparing for 450,000 assistance applications in the coming weeks. It is sizing up to be the largest housing recovery effort in U.S. history.
As always, the United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries are prepared for long-term recovery work in the region - coordinating efforts with the leaders in the South Central Conference, our Church World Service partners, as well as federal and state agencies. Not only will our Wider Church be assisting in the rebuilding of homes and communities, we will also provide psychological and spiritual support for those who have lost everything in the wake of this catastrophic event.
Our prayerful and financial support of the UCC’s “Our Church’s Wider Mission” helps to make these ministries possible.