While Mercy Chefs team members continue to meet the need and serve thousands of meals in the Bahamas, I'm writing to let you know that we are also deploying to Texas in response to the overwhelming flooding from tropical storm Imelda.
+ + Worse than Harvey!
I almost couldn't believe it when we started getting reports that in some areas of Texas the flooding is worse than Hurricane Harvey. With as much as FOUR FEET of rain hitting coastal Texas, there have already been more than 1,000 high water rescues and thousands more have fled their homes. The city of Beaumont, Texas has seen 250 such rescues and has received 270 emergency evacuation requests. Our contacts in Beaumont say it is the worst flooding they have seen, even worse than in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
This is the second thousand-year flood of biblical proportions to hit the region in just the past two years!
It breaks my heart to think that these people who were flooded just two years ago from Harvey are facing it again, and for some it's even worse. I can't imagine the feeling of hopelessness of standing in a room that perhaps was just recently restored after Harvey, only to see it once again under water.
I will be in Beaumont tomorrow night to help launch Mercy Chefs' efforts to support flood victims and volunteers.
With Mercy Chefs still fully deployed in the Bahamas, we need financial support THIS WEEKEND in a big way as we begin providing relief in Texas. If you can help us deploy to help Texas flood victims who have been suddenly overwhelmed by this deluge of rain, go here to make your tax-deductible gift:
In addition to providing hot meals to flood victims, Mercy Chefs will be serving the "muck out" teams that come in just behind the flooding in an effort to save as many homes as possible. These teams are highly skilled and are coming from across the country with the specific goal of removing flooded carpet and drywall as quickly as possible, before mold sets in. Their work is absolutely critical.
We are moving a team to Texas to support this effort. THIS IS A FULL MERCY CHEFS DEPLOYMENT and we need the help of every friend and partner to make it happen -- especially with our team still serving thousands of meals in the Bahamas.
Quite frankly, we are stretched. The need in the Bahamas has been massive. But no matter how far we're stretched, we will always answer the call, as long as friends like you continue to make it possible for Mercy Chefs to feed body and soul in the midst of disasters.
Thank you for your prayers and your support,
Gary LeBlanc, Founder
P.S. Again, today we're DEPLOYING to Texas. I will be flying in TOMORROW to help launch our efforts. With our team still serving thousands of meals in the Bahamas, our resources are stretched and we need your help. Go here to help us deploy in Texas and reach flood victims and volunteers: