This is just a brief update to let any readers know how the Hermitage fared over the last few days. There has been an enormous amount of rainfall in the Houston area since late Friday evening, as I’m sure everyone is aware. My sister and I, and all of the animals here at the Hermitage are just fine. This particular neighborhood is on one of the higher elevations in the area. There are a few branches down in the yard and water in the lower areas. The elderly pear tree has suffered a split that will likely prove fatal once I get a chance to inspect it properly, but that’s the extent of the damage to the garden.
While my sister and I were able to shelter in place and be just fine, there are many, many others throughout the Houston metro area who were not as fortunate. Thousands of people have been displaced, and it will take months – if not years – to fully recover. The current death toll is at fourteen, but that number will most certainly rise as the waters recede. For anyone who would like to donate to the relief efforts, the following links are to local, reliable charities who will make sure that the funds are spent and distributed fairly.
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund – set up by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.