Rain from Tropical Depression Imelda inundated south east Texas, causing major flooding and closing of clinics and hospitals. Rain fell over three days, dropping around 25 to 35 inches. Chambers and Jefferson felt the brunt of Imelda, with over 200 homes in Chambers county alone taking on water. Tornadoes added to the damage as Baytown, about 26 miles east of Houston, saw one rip through multiple homes. The full extent of Imelda flooding in some areas rivals Hurricane Harvey. Although Imelda was only a tropical storm at its height, it still was the 7th wettest tropical cyclone in US history. At least five people have died in the flooding.
Working with our Texas team, Americares reached out to affected clinics, the Texas Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, and our national partners in the area to assess needs. Several clinics requested assistance and Americares is responding with multiple shipments and other support.