"We did all that we could, but it would never have been enough," Kristin Massey wrote on Tuesday. She added, "I encourage everyone to continue to give manpower wherever they can."
Houston remains in rescue mode as Tropical Storm Harvey continues to dump water on the flooded region. About 5,500 people have been brought to emergency shelters in the city, the mayor said Monday.
Hurricane Harvey has inflicted much human misery since Friday, and now its aftermath is causing economic harm. Experts say the flooding may end up damaging oil refineries and boosting gas prices.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency expects 450,000 people to seek help — including over 30,000 needing shelter. But as floodwaters rise, those aren't the only numbers defining the rescue efforts.
The specter of Hurricane Rita loomed large. In 2005, millions of people tried to flee Houston — and spent hours trapped on hot, deadly roads.
Amazon, Lowe's And Starbucks were among several corporate giants to announce cash and other donations to the American Red Cross and other relief agencies working in Texas to help storm victims.
Reservoirs swollen by rain from Hurricane Harvey were opened early Monday, a move that was expected to flood more homes — but one the Army Corps of Engineers says is needed to limit the disaster.