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 Fortune.com