After a taxing and difficult week, Houston begins to return and asses the damages done to the place they call home. Flooding has devastated the area, causing a pair of oil companies to encounter two more spills. According to the AP, Denbury Onshore LLC notified the Texas Railroad Commission on Friday that the oil spill was a result of a storage tank overflowing in Brazoria County. Most of the oil stayed on company property, though it has been speculated that some of the fuel leaked into an underground storm drainage system. The second oil spill occurred in Montgomery County.
While the rain might be slowing or over, many fear that the worst has yet to come. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has strongly encouraged all those living east of the flood control reservoirs to evacuate, fearful of the possibility of an overflow. Turner also mentioned that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be forced to release reservoir water into the Buffalo Bayou for 15 days as a result of the massive flooding and rain. The reservoir release is also being done as a precaution should the area be hit with another massive rain. 15,000 to 20,000 homes could be effected by the flooding caused by the water releases.
For those attempting to rebuild, new challenges are thrown their way. Mold, electrical hazards, and deadly fumes and toxins are only the beginning as the water begins to recede. With the death toll reaching at least 42, a house-by-house search for survivors is still underway.
Donate to those effected through multiple organizations, but be sure to avoid scammers; tips to avoid being scammed can be found here. Red Cross is currently accepting donations for Harvey relief here, or you can text HARVEY to 90999 to give $10. For a cohesive list of charities offering Harvey donations, click here.
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