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Flood waters ravage southeast Texas

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Beaumont residents abandon their cars in the street as flood waters reach dangerous levels due to tropical storm Imelda this past September.

The city of Beaumont, Texas was hit by tropical storm Imelda this past September along with Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Imelda left thousands stranded as roads and homes were flooded causing the governor, Greg Abbott, to declare a state of emergency, according to The New York Times. 

Part of Beaumont had waves reaching five feet. Beaumont resident, Kenny Vaughan, said he had made similar runs during Hurricane Harvey, but that this time the devastation seemed more severe.

"It's bad. Homes that did not flood in Harvey are flooding now," Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick told the Beaumont Enterprise.

Hurricane Harvey inflicted $125 billion in damages and killed 68 people, according to Newsweek.com. It is currently tied for first along with Hurricane Katrina in costliest storms, also causing $125 billion in damages in Louisiana and Florida. 

The campus club, Doane Serves, is making an effort to provide support and aid to communities throughout the US that have been affected by hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and/or flooding.

Doane Serves has partnered with the principal at Memorial High School, Dr. Gleen Mitchell in Port Arthur, Texas to collect funds and supplies. The donations will be sent to Operation Blessing, a non-profit, humanitarian organization that provides relief in 39 countries around the world on an ongoing basis, focusing on disaster relief, medical aid, hunger relief, vulnerable children and orphan care, clean water and community development. Operation Blessing is sending volunteers and resources to the southeast area of Texas that is suffering from the flooding. 

“If any Doane students or alumni have been affected by the recent hurricanes please reach out to willma.jackson@doane.edu to learn how our campaign can help you and your families,” Andrew Brown said.

There are about 30 students who are currently attending Doane whose homes are within the affected area. To support these students, their families and others who are experiencing hardships in the Beaumont, people are encouraged to bring non-perishable items and monetary donations to the Nexus Multicultural Support Services Oct. 1-18. People can also make monetary donations online at https://givebutter.com/ReliefCampaignDoane