Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Friday, August 14, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Clear Night 69° Clear
News

Mold, gas leaks and other hazards loom for Harvey evacuees

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 1, 2017

Hurricane Harvey evacuee Lakeithia Bankhead, accompanied by son Russell McCoy, tosses items into the back of a vehicle as she leaves a mass shelter in Houston bound for home on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. (Jay Reeves / Associated Press)
Hurricane Harvey evacuee Lakeithia Bankhead, accompanied by son Russell McCoy, tosses items into the back of a vehicle as she leaves a mass shelter in Houston bound for home on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. (Jay Reeves / Associated Press)
By Jay Reeves and Carla K. Johnson Associated Press

HOUSTON – The danger isn’t over yet for Harvey evacuees who are returning to flood-ravaged homes where they face the threat of mold, spoiled food, gas leaks and downed power lines.

While some residents of the still-flooded western part of Houston may not be able to return home for days, others are starting a massive cleanup and dragging sodden debris to the curbside. Keeping them safe is a concern of health officials who hope to reach them through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

U.S. Health and Human Services Department spokeswoman Joni Geels says some evacuees have been able to keep their phones charged at charging stations in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. She says cellular “service has been really good,” which has helped with communicating safety advice.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

The journalists of The Spokesman-Review are a part of the community. They live here. They work here. They care. You can help keep local journalism strong right now with your contribution. Thank you.

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.


Swedish Thoracic Surgery: Partners in patient care

 (Courtesy Bergman Draper Oslund Udo)
Sponsored

Matt Bergman knows the pain and anger that patients with mesothelioma feel.