Dominicans affected by Harvey in Houston

Two people walk down a flooded section of Interstate 610 in floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston, Texas. (Source: AP)

President of the Dominica Houston Association, Colette St. Rose-Christmas has reported that a majority of the association’s members living in the Houston area has been affected by Tropical Storm Harvey.

However, she told Dominica News Online on Monday morning that as far as she knows, there are no reports of injuries.

“The Dominica Houston Association has over 350 members in Houston, there are a lot of Dominicans living in Houston,” she said. “As far as I know, most of the members, almost everyone is affected in one way or the other.”

She said most of the association’s members have been affected by water on their properties and homes.

“Some of them had to seek higher grounds, seek shelter, some of them had to be evacuated,” she stated. “Ninety-five percent of Houston is under water, so some way or some how, everyone is affected by the water.”

St. Rose-Christmas said the association is still in the process of gathering information from members.

“Everyone is looking out for each other, everyone is calling each other, just checking out on each other, anyone who needs help we will refer them to whatever assistance they might need,” he remarked.

She appealed to everyone to say a prayer for all those affected by the massive storm.

“We would just like everyone to pray for us in Houston, pray for everyone, so we can get through this,” she said.

On Monday morning federal officials in Texas predicted that Harvey will drive 30,000 people into shelters and spur 450,000 victims to seek some sort of disaster assistance.

“This is a landmark event for Texas,” said FEMA Administrator Brock Long on Monday. “Texas has never seen an event like this.”

All Houston port facilities will be closed on Monday because of the weather threat, a port spokeswoman said on Sunday night.

More than 220,000 customers in the Houston area were without power on Monday morning, utilities CenterPoint Energy and AEP Texas said, according to

Two kayakers try to beat the current pushing them down an overflowing Brays Bayou from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)

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  1. Let The Truth Be Told
    August 28, 2017

    What a thing to happen to Houston. Practically all of Houston is under water. It was reported that Harvey would strike Texas. Even so no one expected it would be of this magnitude in Houston of all.
    Some people said they had to go to their attic. Another one said water was up to her neck in her house. The stories are many.
    Sorry to hear that all these people including Dominicans are affected. I am praying that God will see you through this. There is no doubt you will get the necessary help also from Dominicans abroad through the Associations. I will do my part as soon the Dominica-Ontario Association announces plan to assist.
    God bless you, comfort you and give you strength to cope fellow Dominicans in Houston. In time, you will recover from this. Our prayers are with you.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      August 29, 2017

      Who told you all of Houston is under water, that is a lie!

      What is the area in square Miles; and if all of it is under water, how come some oil refineries are still in operation, how come some of the largest chemical companies in the world operating there are still operating.

      As far as I know all the large hospitals are still in operation. It is bad, but why are you exaggerating. I have been looking for my Cousin Joyce who lives in Houston, I call her many times to see if she and other relatives in Houston was affected, I could not reach her; until she called me from Trinidad, and told me all our people from Wesley are okay.

      And how she found out I was looking for her? She called her house from Trinidad, and found out I called her. So if all of Houston was under water plenty people from Wesley homes would be under water too.

  2. August 28, 2017

    Hummmmm???? 350 hummmm where are they at ???????? Sound crazy to me??

  3. August 28, 2017

    My sister , and nephew house is under water , there cars are under water they continue to move to higher ground , Dominican please pray .

  4. my opinion
    August 28, 2017

    Oh boy Hope the laplaine people in Houston are safe. God protect them n keep them safe.

  5. TRUTH
    August 28, 2017

    Pure Movie Wii!! I could Imagine what that would do Dominica…

  6. Merk
    August 28, 2017

    Let’s all call on God through prayer and petition and thanksgiving…. Praying for continued support And assitance and thanking God that there was little fatalities…. God by your will they will get through this

  7. The Calabash
    August 28, 2017

    We are with Colette and all of our fellow Dominicans in Houston. Hang in there.

  8. God Bless Dominica!
    August 28, 2017

    We are with you..we are praying. God will take care of all of you in Houston & other affected areas in Texas.

  9. Daryl joseph
    August 28, 2017

    There have been death reported, so far no one from home (Dominica) let’s hope everyone is safe Dominican and the rest of folks are safe as they are still expecting more rain into Wednesday.

  10. August 28, 2017

    History tells us all human catastrophes have come about because of man inhumanities, we are seeing modern day BIBLICAL distructions , some calls it HURRICANES, TROPICAL DEPRESSIONS and TYPHOONS all the same, a lot of states in the USA will face the same level of ordained punishments for crimes against humanity and in particular against the African man/woman. The mayhem given to people the world over, will be returned to them in different forms, i do not shed a tear, we have to pay for the SIN’ of our fathers ,black and white, Dominicans included.Bob D.

    • The Darkness
      August 28, 2017

      Well Bob… as much as I do wish it was this way, it is actually the planet trying to balance its topological resources…

      Places like the US are one of the key factors in causing this type of weather.
      1) Mass cutting of trees
      2) Overly extracted OIL
      3) Water polution
      4) Mass deforestation
      5) Weather manipulation.

      All of the others are pretty straight forward…#5 however, is taboo and unforgivable, especially with an idiot leader who does not “believe” in global warming…

      Just as an example, which was also hushed previously…

    • August 28, 2017

      Bob I think you need people to pray for you because you are so sick

    • Derryck
      August 28, 2017

      What is wrong with you?

      August 28, 2017

      ok. but i sure u will come live here if u could.
      is ALWAYS de fox that couldn’t get de grapes that call it sour

    • Let The Truth Be Told
      August 28, 2017

      Please be compassionate. It could occur right where you reside. Furthermore, God expects us to be compassionate.
      Whether you believe this or not, some years ago the Mother of God, the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary stated to a visionary, “Disasters could be avoided if people pray.” This means to recognize God, worship Him, pray and perform good deeds in Jesus Name. Her messages are many. I have some of them that I got through the years at Catholic prayerful gatherings.
      Everyone is a sinner, one way or the other. “If you say you are without sin, you make Our Lord Jesus Christ out to be a liar.” Holy Scripture also tells us: “All have fallen short of His glory.” Therefore, do not place yourself on a high pedestal possessing a greater-than-thou attitude over others.
      We must pray for ourselves and also for others in addition to those who are affected by disasters. It is a godly thing to do. God will bless you for that. Therefore, do not deny yourself God’s blessing.

    • Ms. Francis
      August 28, 2017

      Well mr.bob Denise, I’m so glad u can throw the first stone. Being the only sinless person on Earth must be a hard job. Keep up the holy living

    August 28, 2017

    Thank GOD, no death reported so far! Thank GOD too that didn’t happen in Dominica! Blasting and the mad MONK,%, would have so much things to say about Skerrit!

    • Dominican passports
      August 28, 2017

      Skerrit son doesn’t even defend him so nuh garson, you cyanna be a grown man defending another grown man like that something not right :-|

      • Emile Dominique
        August 28, 2017

        If that is so Skerrit son is doing the right thing to ignore those dam cowards.

      • DRASTIC
        August 28, 2017

        Garcon you so right. Antiguan people would say Skerrit ah a e poopah

      • August 28, 2017

        where is this talk fitting you guys just don’t know when to stop

        August 28, 2017

        Dominica passports.. you have a mental issue, see a psychiatrist…. you will be a happier person.

      • Dumb
        August 29, 2017

        You too damn stupid. Sot.

    • Let The Truth Be Told
      August 28, 2017

      At first it was stated there was one death. So far, there have been approximately 5 deaths. At this time of my writing, I have no idea if there are more. I will listen to the News later.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      August 29, 2017

      You see how you Dominicans like to talk crap, you are thanking God, because nobody died!

      Why don’t you shut up!

      When you do not know the best thing to do is shout your mouth, the storm has killed people, they do not even know how many thus far; the amount will not be know until the water subsides!

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