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‘Number of Apts Flooded Too Many to Count’: Harvey

Apartment community Flooded Harvey

Hurricane Harvey, which by the end of the week could dump more than 60 inches of rain on portions of southeast Texas, has inflicted severe damage on the area’s rental housing stock.

Hurricane Harvey remnants moved toward Louisiana on Tuesday afternoon with continued flooding and emergency evacuations remaining likely.

Days ago, when the neighboring Brays Bayou spilled, the Northern Convention Apartments in the southeast of downtown Houston flooded, according to NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth. In the Greenspoint neighborhood of Houston, the Houston police evacuated two busloads of people from The Arbor Court apartments, according to KHOU.com.

The largest apartment owner headquartered in Houston--Camden Property Trust--released a statement on Monday stating that preliminary reports indicate only minor damage to the apartment communities located in Houston and Corpus Christi and that all communities are currently operational. The company will provide additional information or updates in the event of a material change in this situation.

“We are focused on taking care of our residents and employees, and then we will assist in helping our neighbors who have been severely impacted,” Keith Oden, Camden’s President said in a statement.

The Houston-based real estate investment trust owns 24 apartment properties in Houston totaling about 8,400 apartment homes. Its portfolio includes four communities in Corpus Christi with 1,907 apartments.

Houston apartment operator Kate Good, Principal, HPI Properties, says, “The number of apartment communities that have flooding is more than I can count. My apartment community has lost 40 apartments and more to come. Team members are working around the clock. We are physically and emotionally exhausted. What is still in front of us to demo, rebuild and help residents is overwhelming.

“I found a Wal-Mart who opened [Tuesday morning]. I'm headed there with money people donated to my residents who lost everything. They are sleeping on floors. I'm looking for air mattresses, clothes, water, food etc. I'll load up my SUV.”

As of Monday morning, nearly 8,000 people were in shelters and 75,000 or more were evacuating from Houston area towns, according to FEMA estimates. In all, 30,000 will be displaced, needing temporary housing. By mid-day Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that at least 10 people had died as a result of the hurricane since Friday, officials say.

Approximately 1,000 evacuees have made their way to San Antonio, according to Fox 29 in San Antonio and 1,500 will be arriving in El Paso, according to The El Paso Times. Dallas is preparing to house as many as 5,000 Gulf Coast residents in a “mega shelter,” according to CBS DFW.

The Texas Apartment Association (TAA) announced Monday that it is making a $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross to assist with Harvey relief efforts. NAA also has pledged $10,000 to the Red Cross. If you're interested in helping, NAA and TAA encourage their members and friends to consider a monetary donation to the Red Cross. To give to Harvey relief efforts, text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief or visit The American Red Cross.

NAA’s Emergency & Disaster Library and the Texas Apartment Association’s Resource Page both offer detailed guidance to aid members faced with the devastating impacts of Hurricane Harvey.

If you are in an area affected by the hurricane and are in need of shelter, the Red Cross can assist.

A list of 26 ways to assist in terms of housing, supplies and cash donations is provided here by Parker Molloy of Upworthy.