In this episode, Paige sits with the entire Oil and Gas Global Network team of Hosts: Mark LaCour, Jake Corley, and Patrick Pistor to discuss the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction to Texas and Louisiana with effort to provide information and support for those affected by the storm.
As residents of the Houston Metropolitan area, all, with their families, were extremely fortunate. Although there were thousands of others in our community who lost everything they owned, the amount of outpour of help received from neighbors, first responders, and volunteers have been tremendous. Also, due to the overwhelming amount of listeners that have reached out to each of the podcasts wanting to know how they can contribute, OGGN created a GoFundMe account for donations to be made at https://www.gofundme.com/harvey-restoration.
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More Information about Hurricane Harvey
- 3 landfalls: Harvey made landfall not once but three times. First, hitting Texas near Corpus Christi on Friday. It inched through Texas before eventually returning to the Gulf Coast. On Wednesday, it made a second and third landfall in western Louisiana.
- 56 years: The last time a storm was stronger was when Hurricane Carla made landfall in Texas was 1961 as a Category 4 making it one of the strongest storms of the 20th century, killing dozens of people.
- 20 trillion gallons: Harvey dumped 20 trillion gallons of rain on Houston alone and according to ABC News, that’s enough to supply water to New York City for five years.
- 51.88 inches: Harvey lingered in Houston and the surrounding area for days, dumping feet of rain in most places. Cedar Bayou’s preliminary total was 51.88 inches, setting a record for tropical cyclone rainfall in the continental U.S.
- 6 million Texans: The area where the most rain was dumped was densely populated. and has been estimated that 6 million Texans were impacted by 30 inches or more of rain.
- 185,149 homes: According to the latest estimate from the Texas Division of Emergency Management, 185,149 homes were either damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey and the resulting flooding, which is expected to rise.
- More than 13,000 people have been rescued in the Houston area, and an estimated 42,399 people were in shelters in Texas as of Friday, September 1st.
- 1.9 million: As part of FEMA’s relief efforts, more than 1.9 million meals have been distributed in Texas.
- $125 billion: Estimates predict the damage in destruction and lost output could reach $125 billion. By comparison, Katrina’s damage was about $110 billion. Surpassing Katrina would make Harvey the most costliest hurricane in U.S. history.
Shelters and Logistics
- For the most up-to-date information related to Hurricane Harvey and the relief efforts, https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane is your official resources controlled by the state of Texas.
- For information about getting around after the storm (road closures, remaining high water, etc.) the Texas Department of Transportation is going to be your best resource.
- If you are in need of a shelter or would like to give back to your community, someone put an interactive map up on Sketch-City, where you can find shelters and see what resources they need to help with their relief efforts.
- Hurricane Harvey Rumor Control – FEMA
- Drive Texas – TxDOT
- Flooded Streets – Houston Metro Area
- Louisiana Disaster Resources
Oil and Gas Links
- GOM Activity Statistics Update – BSEE
- 8th District Heartland Newsroom – USCG
- Hurricane Harvey Response – Texas RRC
- Hurricane Harvey Impact – LDNR Office of Coastal Management
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