It's one of the worst flooding events in North American history and it's not yet over.
Houston, Texas, America's fourth largest city, is mostly under water from as much as 75 centimetres of rain that has fallen as a result of Hurricane Harvey, and another 60 centimetres could be on the way.
"We live just off the Beltway down here. I know people are seeing quite a bit about the Beltway: it's much like Stoney (Trail) in Calgary where it surrounds the city. A lot of the over and under passes are caving in, they're flooding up above the lights. You can't get onto these freeways down here, it's crazy," stated Pattie Hotvedt-Valdez, who grew up in the Drumheller Valley.
"I was home when the High River and Calgary floods happened (2013); I actually lived just outside of High River when that happened," she recalled. "It was awful to see that, but this, the magnitude is unbelievable, it's ten times worse."
Floodwaters have already reached the rooflines of single story homes in flooded areas and a pair of dams and a levee south of the city have begun overflowing, with officials warning residents in nearby areas to evacuate before water levels rise.
"We have tens of thousands of people in shelters that have lost everything: they've lost their homes, their clothing, their personal belongings, probably their jobs because it's not just homes, it's businesses as well that are under water down here," noted Hotvedt-Valdez. "I think people are going to be in dire need of clothing and supplies, especially for babies."
The Canadian Red Cross is collecting donations of money to purchase needed supplies for the people of Houston. Follow this link.
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