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Caribbean Immigrants Among Texans Grappling With Flooding

Published on Aug 27 2017, at 9:56 pm

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People use an air matress to float down a flooded street as they evacuate their homes after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards to 50 inches of rain in Texas over the next couple of days. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Aug. 28, 2017: Caribbean born nationals who call Texas home are among those grappling with the after effects of Hurricane Harvey which brought catastrophic flooding to Houston and neighboring areas Sunday.

At least five deaths and more than a dozen injuries have been reported in the aftermath of Harvey, which tore across the Gulf Coast of Texas over the weekend.

Caribbean immigrants took to Facebook Sunday to check themselves safe while sharing their own experiences in their own neighborhoods.

Guyanese national Heather Chin, who owns West Indian in The Woods, said flooding from the storm has overflowed the bayou in the back of her house and water has started making its way into her garage.

Another Guyanese national, Vishnu Sukhu, a realtor in League City, Texas, said there was water everywhere but his house so far was ok.

Trinidad national Gemma David said she saw people with rubber boats floating by in her sub-division outside of Houston but so far her property has remained dry.

Still she said she was “praying for the people in Houston whose neighborhoods are under water.”

“Possessions are nothing. Lives are everything. #SpeakLifeBrings,” she posted.

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People walk through the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston on August 27, 2017 as the US fourth city city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas B. Shea (Photo credit should read THOMAS B. SHEA/AFP/Getty Images)

Torrential rains were expected to continue for days, causing catastrophic floods, according to the National Hurricane Center. The National Weather Service forecast rainfall of 15 to 25 inches through Friday, with as much as 50 inches in a few areas.

Here are some ways to help.

Donations to the Red Cross for those affected by Harvey can be made online or text HARVEY to 90999.

Donations to the Salvation Army can be made online.

Catholic Charities is accepting donations online or text CCUSADISASTER to 71777 to donate.

Airbnb is waiving all service fees for those affected by the disaster and checking in between Aug. 23 and Sept. 1.


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