Gratitude. It’s what has filled my heart and mind these last few days and I know many of you can relate.
Our communities have banded together, neighbors helping one another and families coming together like never before. We are collectively exhausted. Clean, sort, haul, disinfect, repeat. Not to mention the emotional weight we are carrying as we wade through our memories covered in muck. And let us not forget those who are feeding us, washing our clothes, volunteering at shelters, and donating provisions. We are all survivors. We are here, alive and together, and so grateful.
What has only been a little more than a week feels like a month. And while many of us, but not all, have been able to start removing debris from our homes, the work is only just beginning for our Precinct 4 crews and the contractors retained long before the name Harvey was ever associated with a storm. At this moment, our Harris County Engineering Department feverishly works to set up temporary storm debris dump sites, allowing those who are able to clear their own storm debris to do so. The Debris Removal Hotline is 713-274-3880.
Please be patient and understanding during this time as we all work together to rid our communities of the many, many, MANY piles of storm debris. This effort will be ongoing and long-lasting, but I assure you we will not stop debris pickup until it is finished.
Two quick reminders: Neighborhood streets packed with cars cannot be served because dump trucks and other large equipment cannot get through. Please help your helpers by sorting your storm debris as recommended by the Harris County Engineering Department.
My goal with this newsletter is to provide you with helpful and timely information during this crisis. Please see the tips below for choosing a contractor, why flood insurance is so important, public health concerns, and more. Precinct 4 is here to serve you!