While Hurricane Michael was barreling toward the Florida Panhandle, Entergy Texas employees were headed to deal with the aftermath.
During the day, a large lot at Totran Transportation Services in Conroe looks like an expansive football field for parking heavy-haul trucks and trailers. But at night, the gravel parking lot lights up like Friday Night Lights on the big screen.
When Harvey hit, many of the victims who lost everything didn’t qualify for help from FEMA. Some couldn’t even prove who they were or where they lived, because Harvey washed away all their paperwork. That’s where Mission Northeast in New Caney stepped in.
When floodwaters began rising in their neighborhood in Orange, Texas, Jessica and Aceson Holmes safely moved their pets and vehicles to higher ground and evacuated before the worst of Hurricane Harvey’s rains arrived. Over the next few days, the water reached 5 feet in their house and 6 feet in their barn as Adams Bayou swelled over its banks.
For nine days, cars lined up a mile in each direction in front of the Southeast Texas Food Bank in Beaumont. Hurricane Harvey had cut off the city from the surrounding area leaving residents with nowhere to turn for food and water except the Food Bank and isolating the Food Bank from the rest of the area it serves – eight total counties in Southeast Texas.
In those days following Harvey, uncertainty hung thick in the air. Even though the rains had passed, whole communities had been swallowed by flooding and residents were uncertain if more was to come. One year later, Salvation Army is still working to help those in need.
The boxes of prepackaged meals ready to eat multiplied and grew along walls and in hallways, a sign of the generosity pouring into Southeast Texas from across the country. As the president and CEO of the United Way of Beaumont and North Jefferson County, Karyn Husbands and her team were facing how to coordinate with nonprofits across the region. Luckily, her team quickly had an answer for the MREs.
Cody Shelton, utility foreman for Entergy Texas in Conroe, perpetuates Entergy Texas’ focus on safety.
For too many people, hearing the words "you have cancer" can be one of the darkest moments in life. Entergy Texas is bringing light to the darkness of cancer through the support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 2018 Light the Night walk on Sunday, Oct. 14 at Town Green Park in The Woodlands.