Cleanup

Bear Creek Village Clean-Up

The piles of debris have been largely removed. However what it has left behind is small pieces of insulation, nails, etc. We are calling for volunteers to help neighbors clean their yards, driveways, and curbs of small debris. This may seem like a small thing but it would go a long way to helping our neighborhood look and feel more normal.

Volunteers should meet on Saturday, October 21, at…

Bear Creek Elementary
4815 Hickory Downs Dr.
Houston, Texas 77084

Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and bring their own work gloves. Please note that this is not a good working environment for young children. For more information, please email Jeanie Borawski or call her at 281.932.1849.

Bear Creek Village Donation Drive

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The Bear Creek Village area has over 1,100 of its 1,400 homes flooded and most unliveable.  We are still in the process of clearing and tearing out homes so they can be sprayed for mold and begin drying out for rebuild.

A large community stop and shop will take place this Saturday at Bear Creek Elementary, a Katy ISD school.  Below is a supply list for items that we are looking for to assist the residents.  This area has had no large scale support – just help from local people and churches.

Community Stop and Shop
Bear Creek Elementary
4815 Hickory Downs Dr, Houston, TX 77084
Every Saturday thru October 21

9:00 AM – Noon
Donation and Pick-Up Time

Amazon wish list is here.

SUPPLIES NEEDED as of October 15, 2017

Toiletries:
• Shampoo/Conditioner
• Body Wash

Household replenish needs
• Towels
• Shower curtains
• Sheets/blankets/pillows
• Kitchen dishes, cookware, silverware
• Mattresses –queen or twin
• Pots and Pans, cookie sheets
• Pet food and Cat Litter
• Laundry Detergent and Softener
• Liquid Cleaners, disinfecting wipes
• Storage Bins
• Diapers(size 4-6) and Pull ups, all sizes

• Paper Towels and Toilet Paper

• New in package underwear, socks and bras are needed in all sizes.

If you can help, please contact Jeanie with Bear Creek Clean Up at 281.932.1849 or BCVRelief@gmail.com.

Housing for Out of Town Work Crews

Grace Fellowship stands ready to provide housing for out-of-town work crews seeking to volunteer for Harvey relief and recovery in West Houston and Katy areas. On a first-come/first-serve basis we can house up to 80 people in designated rooms (divided for the genders).

At present, bring air mattresses or cots, but we are working on building bunk beds. We have basic kitchen facilities (warming kitchen only – no stovetop), a dining area (that doubles as a meeting area), and both men’s and women’s shower facilities.

After you have coordinated your specific project, contact us to schedule housing for your group at harveyhousing@whatisgrace.org

Please note that we are offering housing only – not meal service or the work projects themselves.

Grace Fellowship UMC
2655 South Mason Road
Katy, TX 77450
281-646-1903 (church)

Caring for Your Home

Because more than 6,000 homes in the Katy area sustained flood damage, mud-out crews have been working non-stop to help homeowners. With a backlog of hundreds of homes, it may be a while before help comes your way.  So, don’t wait for help to arrive. There are some things you can do to mitigate the damage to your home. The infographic below offers some general guidelines to help you get started. For more detailed information, read If My Home Floods.

Debris Removal Guidelines


DEBRIS REMOVAL NOTICE for HARRIS COUNTY RESIDENTS

Normal Household Trash
Normal household trash and bagged debris of any kind will not be picked up with disaster debris. You should continue to follow your normal garbage removal schedule.

Vegetative Debris (do not put in bags)
• Leaves
• Logs
• Plants
• Trees


Construction & Demolition Debris
• Building materials
• Carpet
• Drywall
• Furniture
• Lumber
• Mattresses
• Plumbing

Appliances and White Goods
• Air conditioners
• Dishwashers (taped shut)
• Freezers (food removed, taped shut)
• Refrigerators (food removed, taped shut)
• Stoves (taped shut)
• Washers, dryers (taped shut)
• Water heaters

Electronics • Computers • Radios
• Stereos
• Televisions

Household Hazardous Waste
• Cleaning supplies
• Batteries
• Lawn chemicals
• Oils
• Oil-based paints and stains
• Pesticides

DEBRIS SEPARATION

Separate debris into the six categories shown above.

Note: Household Hazardous Waste should be taken to the County’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 6900 Hahl Road for disposal. Please call 281-560-6230 for hours and more information or visit: http://www.eng.hctx.net/Consultants/Household-Hazardous/Household-Hazardous-Waste.


DO NOT STACK OR LEAN
Placing debris near or on trees, poles, or other structures makes removal difficult. This includes fire hydrants and meters.

UNSURE WHERE TO PLACE DEBRIS?
Place debris in the public rights-of-way. If you don’t have a sidewalk, ditch, or utility line in front of your house, place debris no further than 15 feet off the back of curb or edge of pavement. Note: Any debris placed from the sidewalk toward your property will not be picked up.

PRIVATE ROADS, BUSINESS, COMMERCIAL AND LIGHT INDUSTRIAL WASTE
Please check with your respective management companies for disposal options.

Urgent Needs at The Fellowship


As work continues helping homeowners clean out their damaged homes, we have an urgent need for supplies. Please note that The Fellowship is only accepting the following at this time:

• Medium sized box or round fans for drying homes
• Small gas powered generators (enough to run power tools/5-10 fans)
• Push brooms
• Dollys
• Wheel barrows
• Yard rakes
• Rigid rakes
• Work gloves
• Disposable plastic gloves
• Dust masks (must be N95)
• Squeegees
• Mold Spray
• Bleach
• Small pry bars

The Fellowship
22765 Westheimer Parkway
Katy, Texas 77450

Katy Cares Has Needs

Katy Cares is the first campus in Katy to provide housing to single mother families experiencing homelessness. We recently finished renovations on the main house,The Rachel Ballard House, with the help of many volunteers in the community. Our property flooded and we will be unable to return for at least a few more days.

Volunteer Need

Will need cleanup and construction of the flooded barn, destroyed furniture, and pump house. We were slated to open our campus to residents the first week of October after our Gala on September 30th.
 
Financial Need
As with many non profits, our greatest need is financial. We are so grateful for any and all financial donations as it will allow us to open our campus to families in need of housing as well as place displaced families in hotels and apartments. With this Hurricane, more than ever, there are single mother families who are and will begin to experience a long term housing crisis. We look forward to opening our doors and supporting this great community. Thank you for your support.

Central Baptist Offers Help

Central Baptist Church is offering the following services to our community.

Work Crews
• Clean-Up Crews to remove debris, carpet and padding, flooring, sheetrock, etc

Distribution and Collection Center
• Water
• Non-perishable food items
• Toiletries (diapers, feminine products, wipes, deodorant, shampoo, etc.)

Meals
• One meal per day beginning Monday, September 4 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Holy Covenant UMC Disaster Response


Holy Covenant UMC is accepting donations and volunteers Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at 22111 Morton Ranch Road. We are coordinating with area shelters and community organizations to distribute donations as needed throughout the area.

We are working with Clothed by Faith as a donation drop spot for any of their current needs and requests. Donations accepted this week Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Click here to sign up to volunteer.

Holy Covenant UMC is partnering with The Waters Church to fill their food pantry and meet the needs of the community. We will be receiving any and everything to separate and store for the Food Pantry open on the Corner of Mason and Morton Ranch.

For an updated list of the needed donations click here.

Let us know if your house needs to be cleaned.
We need people to help clean homes.
We are currently sending out relief teams to begin the cleanup process. If an individual or church needs assistance please call us at 281-579-1200 or click here and we will contact you.

To volunteer on clean up crews click here or call 281-579-1200. If you are volunteering for a clean-up crew and have the appropriate safety gear and tools please bring them with you.

Thank you for your continued support and generosity as we begin the recovery process in our community.

Holy Covenant United Methodist Church
22111 Morton Ranch Road Katy TX. 77449
Phone: 281-579-1200

Donation Drop Spot is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Mud Out Buckets

The greater Katy Community is facilitating immediate clean up efforts for families whose homes have been flooded. Below is an inventory of items required. Please put the items in a five-gallon bucket with a lid.

We are requesting churches, businesses, community organizations and individuals to consider helping us by assembling, packing and delivering mud out kits put together as follows:

Bucket Inventory:

• 1 Five gallon bucket with lid
• 1 Bottle of liquid laundry detergent (for hand-washing)
• 1 Liquid household cleaner (Mr. Clean, Pine Sol etc.)
• 1 Bottle dish soap
• 1 Can of air freshener
• 1 Insect repellent spray
• 1 Scrub brush
• 1 Container of cleaning wipes
• 8 Sponges
• 8 Scouring pads
• 50 clothespins
• 2 x 50 ft clothesline
• 24 Heavy duty trash bags
• 5 Dust masks (at least)
• 2 Pair of rubber gloves
• 1 Pair heavy duty work gloves
• 1 Bottle bleach
• 1 Bottle mold and mildew remover
• 1 Retractable blade utility knife and extra blades

As we receive these fully packed Mud Out Kits, Compassion Katy will facilitate distribution to the hardest hit areas in Katy/West Houston. As you assemble these Mud Out Kits please notify Compassion Katy at: info@compassionkaty.org

NOTE: We will post drop off location and hours soon.

Power House Disaster Response

PowerHouse Church is accepting all donations at 1818 Katyland Drive. We are distributing these donations as needed throughout the city. If you are in need of supplies call 281-391-0095 and we will get them to you.

Powerhouse is currently accepting:
• water
• non-perishable food
• hygiene products
• baby items

We are assembling teams to begin the cleanup process. If an individual or a church needs help cleaning out their flooded area please call 281-391-0095 or email us at info@teampowerhouse.org.

To volunteer on cleanup crews please call 281-391-0095 or email us at info@teampowerhouse.org

If you are volunteering for a cleanup crew please bring appropriate safety gear and tools.

Current Church Responds

Current Church has 5 construction crews out today, had 2 out yesterday. They are removing carpets and wood floors of homes that flooded. Some are also taking out the drywall and insulation to avoid mold. We are also partnering with Christ Clinic and Life Church (just next door to us) to supply them with their needs (water, medicine, food). We are working with large donors currently to find homes that were completely destroyed, so that we can financially support a rebuild. We’re just trying to do what we can based on the needs we find out about. Our church has come together in amazing ways and we are just seeing a need and filling it. If someone wants to volunteer with us, they can fill out this form.

Contact Nathan Rymer, our project leader, at 281.772.6306. Check the Current Church website for additional helpful links.

If My Home Floods

If you need assistance with your clean-out, please print and complete the Property Owners Assistance Request and bring it to the Texas Baptist Men Command Center located in the office center across Dominion Street on the west side of Kingsland Baptist Church. The command center is located next to the Hope Impacts office.

Here are a few general instructions on how to proceed if your home was damaged by flood waters. Every situation is unique so the guidelines may or may not fit your specific situation, so they are intended to apply at a high level.

SAFETY

Your safety is primary so be very careful going back into your house, especially if the flood waters left a deposit of mud as it will be extremely slippery until completely dried.

Be alert for snakes and other critters that may have found your home to be a safe haven during the flood, especially if the water had significant depth or was in your home for more than a few hours.

WARNING: The floodwaters were most likely septic. Be sure to clean any items you intend to keep that were in direct contact with the flood waters. These items should be thoroughly cleaned with a disinfectant solution. Also during the clean-up operation if you get even a minor scratch it should be cleaned and treated with antibiotics immediately, then covered with a bandage before you return to work.

DOCUMENTATION

IF YOU HAVE FLOOD INSURANCE, before you do anything contact your insurance carrier and determine what specific requirements they may have to support your claim for damage.

In general you will need to show physical evidence as to the height the water was in your home. Photos of the water mark is usually sufficient, but they may ask you to leave a portion of the sheetrock or a door in place that has a watermark on it, until an adjuster physically visits your home.

For any personal belongings, furniture, appliances, or other items that are not salvageable, i.e., items that you take to the curb, document with pictures and a very detailed list that gives a complete description of the item and the number of items damaged.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE Flood Insurance and plan to submit a request for assistance from FEMA, go to the FEMA website and register immediately so that you are in the queue. Then follow the same guidelines as above to document your losses. For the FEMA inspector, be sure that you leave something with a watermark on it in place (section of sheetrock, a door, etc.) so there is no dispute as to the height of water.

CLEAN UP

The overriding theme of clean-up is get all the water and mud and anything that got wet out of your home as quickly as possible.
The depth to which your home was flooded and the length of time the water was in your house will have a tremendous impact on what to do during the clean-up phase.

Water that was only 2-3” deep for few hours, usually only requires that carpets, pads, wood flooring, and baseboards be removed.

As the water gets deeper and stays longer, you will need to remove sheetrock and wall insulation to a level where it is dry (less than 20% moisture content) above the watermark or where there is no mold.

If the water is in the house for 7-10 days or longer, it is highly likely that mold will grow well above the water mark, so it could be necessary to remove the sheetrock all the way to ceiling, even if the water was only 24” or less.

Deeper water levels could also necessitate the removal of kitchen and bath room cabinets. Solid wood cabinets are sometimes salvageable but cabinets made of particle or pressboard are generally not salvageable if they got wet at all.

If at all possible removal of sheetrock should be at a controlled cut. Measure the height you plan to remove it to, snap a chalk line, and scribe along that line with a sharp knife or power tool that produces little dust and then break out below the scribed line. A couple of things to keep in mind, contractors will charge you more to replace 24” of sheetrock than they will for 48” because the cost of labor to cut a 24” piece outweighs the cost of the material. If you are doing the repairs yourself, then cut as needed, but recommend 12”, 24”, or 48” to minimize the waste.

Most times if the water was about 12-18” for any length of time, doors, door trim, door frames will also need to be removed. Hardware can be salvaged.

Any appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers where the water was deep enough for the motor to get wet are damaged beyond repair and should be moved to the curb. If the power has been off and/or the refrigerator is not working for more than 24 hours, DO NOT open the door unless you have a very strong stomach. If you move the refrigerator to the curb, make sure to tape the door shut for safety reasons.

If the water got above the electrical outlets, then turn off the breakers that service those outlets until an electrician can check everything. If the water level was above the light switches, then shut off the main breaker until the electrician can check your system.

Once all the wet material has been removed and the studs exposed, they need to be sprayed with a mold mediation product. Shockwave (only available online) is recommended as the mold in Texas is becoming resistant to bleach, but bleach at 50-50 dilution is better than nothing. If you use bleach, make sure to wear gloves and eye protection.

After the electrical system has been confirmed to be ok, run ceiling fans, box fans, etc., to help facilitate the drying process. If the A/C is functioning run it at 72-73 degrees continuously. It is extremely important to keep the house cool to the maximum extent possible to reduce mold formation. Do not leave the windows open for prolonged periods of time as the humidity will slow down the drying process. The use of dehumidifiers will help, but the cost does not justify the end results as everything will usually will be dry before the contractor can arrive to start the repairs.

GENERAL

Keep receipts and document your expenses, especially if you have flood insurance. Follow FEMA guidelines on their website in this regard.

If you have several items that are salvageable but need to move out of the house, the garage usually is a good storage place, but if it is not large enough and you need to rent something like a POD unit, these are going to be in great demand so get your name on the rental list early.

Be patient but persistent. The repair process will not go nearly as fast as you want. There will be be long periods of waiting for adjusters, there will be material shortages, and shortages of reputable contractors.

There will be unscrupulous contractors in the area preying on the victims, so be extremely careful and vet them very well before you give them any money.

If you need assistance with your clean-out, please print and complete the Property Owners Assistance Request and bring it to the Texas Baptist Men Command Center located in the office center across Dominion Street on the west side of Kingsland Baptist Church. The command center is located next to the Hope Impacts office.

Disaster Response

Special thanks to all of our area pastors, churches, and rescue and relief agencies for your willingness to hold the ropes for those who are in need in our community. The outpouring of love and support for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey has been beyond amazing.

Flooded Home

More than 5,200 homes in Katy sustained flood damage in a matter of days. Families have been displaced to area shelters or found shelter with family, friends, and even strangers. The task of helping homeowners in our area with post-disaster needs will have us busy for months to come.

The Texas Baptist Men’s Disaster Response teams will coordinate much of the post-disaster assistance after the flood waters recede. Kingsland Baptist Church is serving as the command center for Texas Baptist Men relief efforts in Katy. TBM is inviting men and women who are interested in assisting their neighbors to serve under the guidance of our highly trained disaster response leaders.

If you or your group would like to serve, please contact Omar Garcia or Mary Whittington in Kingsland’s Missions Ministry Office. They will reply with instructions on next steps. In light of the large numbers of people in need, we are prepared to receive hundreds of volunteers.

As with most disasters, the hard work begins after the storms. Because we have so many homes impacted by the flooding, we have lots of work ahead of us and a great opportunity to show our community the beauty of Jesus as we wok cooperatively to address needs. This work will go on for weeks. We will still need volunteers long after the storm is no longer in the headlines.