Dickinson residents and many of their neighbors, stepped out into the water and began to rescue themselves.
One of the hardest hit areas, video and photographs of Dickinson Texas were bouncing from city to city, country to country, showing the world that resiliency and unquestioning bravery is a staple in their neck of the woods. Homes filled with water up to 16” in places and far too many were unable to do anything but wait for the water to go down.
From one end of Galveston County to the other, people hopped in to their motor boats and headed out to see what they could do to help. No hesitation. Just GO! Stranded elderly, single parents, pets, pets and more pets – loved and unintentionally left behind; there seem to be a million stories in the Harvey experience and the thread that runs through them all is the individuals, the unrecruited, unpaid first responders who just showed up – at the right time, in the right place, with a smile, a comforting hug, a strong shoulder and more than likely, a boat – stranger to stranger, neighbor to neighbor – to lend a hand when all seemed to be lost. They came; and they stayed; until they had made safe everyone they could; and then they went back to their own flooded homes and frightened families to do what needed to be done to make them safe and warm and loved. Thirty inches of water in less than twenty-four hours brought out three hundred or more to get the job done.
Please Note: The Dickinson Chamber of Commerce is open and ready to assist. Call: 832-534-2583 Unfortunately, their building is still not habitable, so please call or email for assistance. email@example.com
Debris collection questions can be directed to 281-337-6267 ext. 460.
Private subcontractors interested in registering for debris pickup can contact Crowder-Gulf at 1-800-992-6207 or http://www.crowdergulf.com/contact.html.
Residents needing assistance with clean up or clean out of their home can register for possible free assistance through Crisis Cleanup. Crisis Cleanup is a free, award-winning, ready-to-use, open source application that connects disaster recovery organizations with the people who need help. Assistance will be assigned based on the availability of volunteer relief organizations. To register, you MUST call 1-844-965-1386. Online registration is not available.