As flood water continues to recede in Texas, shelter populations are declining as residents gain access to their homes and additional resources. Several sections of main roadways continue to be impassable due to flooding conditions, debris, and/or sinkhole damage, though most traffic is moving smoothly.
Red Cross Response to Hurricane Harvey
The Red Cross operation in Texas and Louisiana remains focused on sheltering and feeding affected residents, as well as providing emergency relief supplies, health and mental health services and functional needs assistance. The Red Cross also continues to work on identifying any unmet needs, both at the community and individual level.
Overnight, more than 7,500 people sought refuge in 33 Red Cross and partner shelters across Texas. To date there have been a total over 350,000 overnight stays in response to Harvey.
As you read this, more than 3,400 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground in Texas, with an additional 500 on the way. Together, they have helped to:
·Along with our partners, serve more than 1.6 million meals and snacks;
·Mobilize more than 190 emergency response vehicles to help deliver meals and relief supplies;
·Provide nearly 535,000 health and mental health contacts to provide support and care to evacuees; and
·Distribute more than 362,000 relief items like diapers, bug spray, cleaning supplies, coolers, and comfort kits that contain deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items.