As Hurricane Harvey intensifies in Texas, leaving large parts of Houston devastated and completely flooded, Airbnb has activated their Disaster Response Program.
The program is set to provide those who’ve been displaced by Hurricane Harvey, as well as volunteers and relief workers, a safe place to stay at no cost.
Airbnb is currently looking for people in San Antonio, Austin and Dallas to open up their homes to victims and relief workers affected by Hurricane Harvey. Homes in those cities are already open to those in need of shelter.
The Houston police chief said 2,000 people were rescued from flooding in the city over the weekend, and that at least 185 critical rescue requests were pending as Tropical Storm Harvey brought catastrophic rains into flood-prone areas. Here, Harris County Sheriff's Deputy R. Johnson rescues two children from high floodwaters in Cypress, TX. Officials released more water from Houston-area reservoirs overwhelmed by Harvey earlier in the day. The move is aimed at protecting the city's downtown from devastating floods, but that could still endanger thousands of homes, even as the nation's fourth-largest city anticipated more rain. To find out how you can help those affected by Harvey, click the ABC7 logo from our profile. Photo: @hcsotexas
So far, Hurricane Harvey has dropped more than 20 inches of rain in some areas, and it hasn’t let up. According to the New York Times, the rains could continue another two-to-three days and add 15-to-25 inches of rain to parts of Southern Texas. Areas could see up to 50 inches of rain. The Washington Post reports that officials in Texas have put the death toll at eight so far, with more 30,000 people expected to be evacuated from their homes.
People are currently offering spare rooms, living rooms, and entire homes and apartments on Airbnb. If you’re in need of shelter or willing to offer your home for free to individuals and families, click here to find a place to stay or list your home as an evacuation shelter.