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Houston’s first responders rescued thousands during flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey — even as hundreds themselves lost homes or cars to the storm.
Now that the region has started drying out, public safety organizations are raising funds to help those impacted by the storm.
Preliminary estimates of damage to public property sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety total more than $47 million for debris removal and almost $30 million for police and EMS services.
The Houston Police Department had 500 officers who suffered damage to their cars, and approximately 300 whose homes were damaged, according to a union official.
The Houston Police Officers Union said those wishing to help HPD officers could do so at http://www.assisttheofficer.com/.
At least 300 fire fighters homes also suffered serious damage to their homes, said Marty Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association IAFF Local 341. Hundreds more saw their cars swamped, he said.
“Like so many Texans, Houston firefighters are starting to recover from the storm,” Lancton said. “Now that the realities and the fatigue of the storm are setting in, we put a national firefighter disaster relief team on the ground in Houston.”
The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) helped obtain $300,000 of hepatitis-A and tetanus vaccines for firefighters exposed to contaminated flood waters, and about 2,000 vaccine doses have been provided so far to firefighters in Houston and in East Texas.
The union has also launched a charitable assistance page on its website. You can visit it here.
At the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, approximately two dozen patrol cars and other vehicles were lost to flooding, said Jason Spencer, a department spokesman. Floodwaters also damaged two patrol substations, he said.
Eric Batton, vice president with the Harris County Deputies Organization, said more than 100 Harris County sheriff’s deputies and deputy constables had been seriously impacted by the storm.
“We had deputies who were helping people out of their flooded homes, and they themselves had lost their homes,” he said. “We’re getting swamped right now.”
The deputies’ organization accepts donations on its website, www.hcdo.com.
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