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.
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.