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As the remnants of Hurricane Harvey continues its march, the lives that are most devastated are those confined to poor communities of color—as we’ve seen with previous mega storms like Hurricane Katrina.

The New York Times reports that the hurricane, now a tropic storm, drenched parts of Texas throughout Sunday. At least five people died and more than a dozen have been reported injured, since Harvey struck Texas’s Gulf Coast, dropping up to 25 inches of rain since Friday. Several areas have seen a downpour of as much as 50 inches.

In Houston, as with many other cities, poor communities of color are the most vulnerable during these destructive storms. They tend to live in segregated, flood risk neighborhoods that are near petrochemical plants, according to The Atlantic.

People in these communities lack the resources to evacuate, and the authorities—despite South Texas’ vulnerability to major storms—have failed to create an evacuation plan.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner defended his decision not to order an evacuation for some neighborhoods, KPRC-TVreported.

“You literally cannot put 6.5 million people on the road. If you think the situation right now is bad, you give an order to evacuate, you are creating a nightmare,” Turner stated. “It has to be coordinated. If it’s not done right, you are putting people in harm’s way and creating a far worse situation.”

MORE HEREHouston’s Poor Black Community Among Hurricane Harvey’s Most Vulnerable Victims — News One

HOW TO HELP!

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Online credit card donations can be made to:  www.ghcf.org.  These are typically assessed a 3% fee by your credit card company.  Here is the link:  https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/

Checks/Money Orders:  Mail to Greater Houston Community Foundation, 5120 Woodway Drive, Suite 6000, Houston,. Texas 77056.

OR… www.houstonrecovers.org  www.redcross.org

 

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