Last week our city was once again hit with historic floods, and many homeowners find themselves facing a long, slow road to flood damage recovery—some of them for the second time in less than a year. More than 1,700 homes have been reported damaged in the storm.
Our hearts go out to our neighbors who lost so much, yet our spirits have been buoyed as we have watched the unfailingly generous and resilient nature of Houstonians reveal itself in the days since the rain stopped. This week we will keep the blog short and sweet, and direct you to important resources you may need if your home was affected by the recent flooding.
GHBA and City of Houston Resources
Both the Greater Houston Builders Association and the City of Houston have online resources to assist you in securing flood protection. Disaster resources for homeowners from GHBA include:
We also suggest you take a look back at one of our posts from 2015: Tips to avoid unscrupulous contractors, inspired by GHBA CEO Toy Wood’s suggestions on Cox Radio after the Memorial Day storms.
We also want to refer to the City of Houston website, where you will find all of the links you need related to relief and recovery efforts, including information on volunteering, donations, and informational meetings; “Next Steps After the Flood” is a handy “at-a-glance” reference that includes tips and additional information on meetings. You can report flood damage in your home or business as well. It’s also worth noting the Houston Health Department Zika Virus update resource page where you will find additional fact sheets and prevention tips.
Real-time updates on social media are another great way to get information before, during, and after a storm. Here are some folks we think you should follow:
- City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (Facebook, Twitter)
- Houston Red Cross (Facebook, Twitter)
- National Weather Service Houston/Galveston (Facebook, Twitter)
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