Denise Everhart, A Molalla woman and division disaster executive at the American Red Cross, left for Texas on Aug. 27 to assist in disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of Tropical Depression Harvey.
Harvey dumped the most rain ever measured from a single storm in the United States, according to the National Weather Service. The rainfall was heaviest in the state of Texas, with Cedar Bayou at 51.88 inches from 8:00 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Aug. 24 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30.
It has been more than a week since Harvey hit, at the time of press, and it is still causing evacuations in Texas, per the Associated Press. In one Texas city, people with no drinking water waited in a mile-long line to get bottled water.
In a Facebook post, Everhart acknowledged the risk of venturing to Texas.
"Don't worry, I know the rules…Turn around, don't drown," she said in an Aug. 27 post.
She also pleaded with the public to help.
"If you can volunteer, contact your local Red Cross. If not, please donate…either lifesaving blood or funds to help us shelter, feed and comfort the people affected by this Hurricane," she said in the post.
To donate, visit redcross.org.