Harvey dumps 49.2 inches of rain on Friendswood

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By KAROLYN GEPHART

It is safe to say NO ONE will miss Hurricane Harvey. He outstayed his welcome but he will be remembered for a long time.

More than 1,000 residents have been rescued from their homes due to flooding from the historic amount of rain that hit Friendswood. With more than 49 inches arriving, Friendswood now holds the record for most rain received during one weather event.

More than 3,000 homes have been inundated with flood waters and approximately 1,000 homes reported they were without power.

Emergency shelters included Wedgewood Elementary, Calvary Houston Church, the Friendswood Activities Building and Friendswood High School.

The city of Friendswood Office of Emergency Management established a medical triage at the Kenneth Camp Fire Station No. 1 off Whitaker Drive.

An area nursing home had residents there evacuate to the FHS shelter and then later were taken to Huntsville.

All creeks in the city, Mary’s, Cowart’s, Chigger and Clear Creeks had rain water overflowing their banks with area roads being impassable as a result. For several days, the Harris County side of Friendswood was totally separated from the Galveston County side by overflow from Clear Creek.

A curfew was established for the city from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and was still in effect at presstime.

Recovery has begun in the city. The city is working on contracting to get hurricane debris picked up from residential curbs. Regular trash pickup will be reestablished soon according to city reports.

Groups of FHS students have been going door to door in flooded areas asking residents if they needed help. Feedback of appreciation has been shared through social media for the outpouring of kindness through hard work at a time when it is most needed.

The Friendswood Police Department, assisted by Texas Search and Rescue (TEXSAR), are still conducting search and recovery operations in some areas of the City. This group of first responders will be going door-to-door conducting their assessments.

The Friendswood Police Department is having high-visibility in the neighborhoods throughout the recovery process.

From shelter donations and medical supplies to volunteers and medical workers who came to aid others, the amount of assistance has been abundant in all areas in Friendswood. Each neighborhood, each house has its own story about Harvey.

To all involved, the sun was a welcome sight when it returned and recovery could begin.

Monetary donation opportunities to help with those affected by Hurricane Harvey:
American Red Cross – http://www.redcross.org/local/texas/gulf-coast
Christian Helping Hands – http://www.christianhelpinghands.org/
Greater Houston Community Foundation–Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund – https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/
Homeland Preparedness Project- http://www.homelandpreparedness.org/
Pearland Neighborhood Center – http://www.pnctexas.com/
United Way of Brazoria County – https://www.uwbc.org/
United Way of Galveston County Mainland – http://uwgcm.org/
United Way of Greater Houston – https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/

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