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Harvey Aftermath

Harvey Aftermath

Harvey was a category 4 hurricane then became a flooding event on the Texas Gulf Coast

Houston Police Dive Team Rescues Dozens at Apartment Complex

    On Monday, the Houston Police Department Dive Team worked for several hours to rescue dozens of people stranded at an apartment complex in the Cloverleaf area. (Published Monday, Aug. 28, 2017)

    On Monday, the Houston Police Department Dive Team worked for several hours to rescue dozens of people stranded at an apartment complex in the Cloverleaf area.

    When crews arrived at the Woodforest Chase Apartments, everyone still there was lined up waiting to be rescued.

    "Absolutely scary. Paranoid because you have kids and you worry about them. You don't know what's going to happen," said Michelle Gray as she waited to load into a rescue boat.

    As the boat took off, many of the people got their first look at the flood waters surrounding their city.

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    "This is Woodforest that we're on. That elementary school is gone," said one man as the rescue boat sped down what used to be Woodforest Boulevard.

    Even the seasoned pros on the dive team could not believe the amount of water all over the city.

    "All the flooding I've seen in all the years, this is the craziest thing I've ever seen," said Lt. J.C. Wood of the Houston Police Department Dive Team.

    Once the boats reached higher ground, those rescued were then loaded into a moving truck to be taken to a nearby shelter.

    NBC 5 Reporter Alice Barr ask one man "Feel good to be getting out of here?" He responded "Yeah, yeah. But into what, though, I don't know."

    Houston officials are having a hard time estimating how many people may have died in this storm. But police dive team members told NBC5 they have seen bodies in the water.

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    NBC 5 and Kroger are teaming up to get help with the relief effort for the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Visit your neighborhood Kroger and make a monetary donation to the American Red Cross at Kroger's check-out registers. All of the money will go to the Red Cross Disaster Relief. The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help those in need by providing food, shelter and emotional support for the people whose lives have been disrupted. Visit RedCross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information on the relief efforts.

     

    Other ways to help the victims of Hurricane/TS Harvey:

     

    DONATE MONEY

    The Salvation Army is also accepting financial donations. Salvation Army 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) HelpSalvArmy.org

     

    DONATE BLOOD
    Carter BloodCare will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. 1-877-571-1000. Text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999

     

    HELP PETS
    SPCA of Texas is expecting 300 cats and dogs to come to North Texas. The agendy is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Donations can be dropped off at the following two locations: SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the SPCA of Texas at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. Monetary donations can be made online at SPCA.org/gift