Hope After Harvey: One Year Later
When reports began coming in around late August 2017, Tropical Storm Harvey was headed for the coast of Texas and had the power to become a hurricane. Convoy of Hope began preparing for a large convoy of tractor-trailers and specialty disaster response vehicles to travel to the Texas coast. Within hours of the hurricane making landfall, Convoy of Hope was there — distributing relief supplies, such as food, water, and hygiene items.
This week marks one year since Hurricane Harvey struck Texas, causing massive flooding that resulted in an estimated $125 billion in damage. Come heat, rain, and even snow, Convoy has remained in Texas in a long-term response effort.
In the last year since Harvey hit, Convoy of Hope has sent more than 10 million pounds of relief and rebuilding supplies to Texas. A warehouse was acquired in Baytown, where rebuilding materials such as sheetrock, drywall, and insulation were stored until they could be delivered to those trying to rebuild their homes.
The Mouton’s, one family affected, experienced more than 12 inches of water flooding their home, forcing them to remove all of the house’s drywall. They estimate that they lost about 75% of their belongings — including furniture, appliances, and pictures. That is where Convoy, with the help of our great supporters, was able to step in and bring hope.
Convoy is also holding neighborhood events in Harvey-affected areas of Southeastern Texas. At these events, families can receive a warm meal, groceries, children’s shoes, and more. The first Texas event took place in Houston in early August 2018, where more than a thousand people attended.
“The goal of these events is to help these communities flip the switch from disaster to hope,” Disaster Community Care Outreach Director Mark Cox says.