Dallas, Texas (June 26, 2019) – A strong line of thunderstorms on Monday has caused extensive flooding in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. The Salvation Amy Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) staff and volunteers are providing meals, hydration and emotional and spiritual care in multiple communities at shelters set up by the Red Cross.
As many as 4,000 homes are estimated to be affected by flooding in Cameron, Willacy and Hidalgo Counties after up to 16” of rainfall. More than 24 hours after the rain stopped residents have reported that water continues to rise, and many residents remain without power.
“The Salvation Army is working closely with local emergency management to meet the evolving needs across a three-county area,” said Alvin Migues, The Salvation Army EDS Director. “One of the challenges we are dealing with is that multiple cities are affected, including Harlingen, Raymondville, Santa Rosa, Sebastian, Lyford and Mercedes. Travel is difficult due to the flooding. The Salvation Army building in Harlingen has flooded but our people are still out there serving those in need.”
Emergency managers are encouraging residents to evacuate their homes and so far, The Salvation Army relief services have been limited to area shelters. “As the water recedes and people return to their homes in the coming days, The Salvation Army will be there to provide meals and assistance where needed,” said Migues.
For more information on The Salvation Army’s current disaster response efforts or to donate please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
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The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.