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Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane August 25th, 2017, bringing unprecedented destruction to Texas. Harvey was named the most powerful hurricane to hit the US since 2005, superseding Hurricane Sandy. Harvey led to 41 counties in Southeast Texas being designated as federal disaster areas, amounting to one-third of Houston being completely flooded. An estimated 136,000 homes were damaged in Harris County (Houston) alone. Additionally, the Coastal Bend region was hit especially hard, with an estimated 39,927 damaged structures totaling $4.5 billion. Damage in this region was even more varied than in Houston – not only were homes affected by storm surge and rising waters – but the high-speed winds damaged many trees and roofs. This caused top-down water damage, debris and tree hazards, and led to long-term struggles to keep homes
- Our team of hard-working volunteers and staff set to work in September 2017, where we determined that the recovery is going to be long and hard; which is why All Hands and Hearts has committed to being on the ground for at least three years, helping families recover from this disaster. As a result of Hurricane Harvey, we opened two programs in Texas: one in Houston, and one in Coastal Bend.
During the response phase, our teams were able to complete an impactful 16-week response program in Coastal Bend and an 18-week program in Houston. In January, 2018 both programs transitioned into the Recovery phase, where we are working with homeowners to make the necessary repairs in their homes and working with community leaders to make critical repairs to schools.
We are quickly approaching the two year remembrance of Hurricane Harvey and the launch of our Texas programs in Houston and Coastal Bend. Nearly two years later, our teams continue to work tirelessly to produce fully-finished interior spaces that welcome families home
Thanks to the support from our partners at TUMI, we have completed our first ever domestic school rebuild at the Rhodes School for the Performing Arts.