Need help after Imelda? Harris County starts recovery fund for those impacted by storm and flooding

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HOUSTON — Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo have established the Imelda Assistance Fund to meet the needs of those who suffered damage during the storm and the flooding that followed.

Imelda took most residents by surprise last week and dumped more than 40 inches of rain in some areas. On Monday, recovery was just starting for some.

Two new recovery sites opened Monday to help those seeking recovery assistance, information and other resources. This includes information about where people can find access to food and temporary housing, support for cleanup and debris removal, legal services and guidance on how to file insurance claims.


Kingwood United Methodist Church
1799 Woodland Hills Dr, Kingwood, TX 77339
Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Grayson Community Center
13828 Corpus Christie St. Houston, TX 77015
Sat. – Sun. 9 a.m. – Noon

There will be more help when it comes to clean up starting Monday. If you need help cleaning up, you are encouraged to register with Crisis Cleanup by calling ‪844-451-1954.

If you are cleaning up on your own, remember to take photos of any floodwater in your home and save any damaged personal property if possible. If you have to throw things away, take a picture of it first. Also, make sure to save all your receipts from purchases you make during recovery efforts, it will come in handy later.

There’s no doubt this will all take some time—there are still 10 Red Cross Shelters set up and the Salvation Army is continuing to serve food and give out clean up kits across the area.

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