Houston and nine surrounding counties in Texas were hit April 19 with extensive flooding across the entire region, including areas where the Jewish community is concentrated. Amounts ranging from 1-2 feet of rain have fallen in a very short time, completely overwhelming bayous and streams that run throughout the area, and rain is continuing to fall. It is expected that the damage will surpass the range and severity of last year's Memorial Day weekend flood.
Some who have spent most of the last year putting their lives back together have now been hit again. Because of the widespread damage already evident, the Jewish Federations have opened a national mailbox for donations to support relief efforts in Houston. Funds will be administered by the Houston Jewish Federation in partnership with its Jewish Family Service Agency to support both the Jewish and general community.