BELTON — Bell County Public Health District officials have given the former Fairway Middle School in Killeen a clean bill of health.
While some still struggle to put the pieces of their lives together in the months following Hurricane Harvey, Brazoria County evacuees Jareth and Allie Davis are doing better than before.
Hurricane Harvey has directly or indirectly taken the lives of as least 88 Texans, according to preliminary numbers released Friday by the Department of State Health Services.
Anyone would be expected to be exhausted after two trips to southern Texas in less than one month to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Killeen resident Larry Smith, however, is just getting started.
Though displaced from their homes by Hurricane Harvey, 39 students are continuing their education by attending classes in Killeen-area schools, according to Terry Abbott, chief communications officer for the Killeen Independent School District.
HARKER HEIGHTS — This year’s Solar CenTex customer appreciation event Saturday went beyond giving thanks — it was also a way to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.
As a part of a career that has taken him across the country before landing him at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, Russ Porter, vice president of research and economic development at the university in Killeen, has borne witness to Mother Nature’s wrath on more than one occasion.
Solar CenTex wants to spread some sunshine to the victims affected by Hurricane Harvey with a “Solar Savings for Texans” fundraiser Saturday.
The Killeen shelter housing people who fled Hurricane Harvey was closed Monday evening, according to Bell County Emergency Manager Michael Harmon.
More and more Brazoria County evacuees have returned home now that the threat from Harvey has officially passed, and American Red Cross staff and volunteers at the Fairway Middle School shelter say only 18 evacuees remain at the building.
When four Killeen police officers made the decision to travel to the Houston area and help evacuate people from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, they thought people would be jumping into their boat. The last thing they imagined was people would turn down their offer.
Teresa Khan, a Hurricane Harvey evacuee, was walking her dogs and waiting for them to do their duty Saturday at the evacuee shelter in Killeen. When Izzy and Papi were finished, she told the dogs, “let’s go home ... well inside.”
Earlier in the week, American Red Cross volunteers hoped the shelter at Fairway Middle School would be empty of evacuees by this weekend, so it could be closed.
The devastation left by Hurricane Harvey has led many communities to join together to help those in need, including the leather community.
It may be longer than expected before all of the Harvey evacuees at the shelter in Killeen can go home.
Pets belonging to Harvey evacuees joined them at Fairway Middle School Tuesday afternoon.
They came from as close as Garth Drive in Killeen and as far away as Woodstock, Illinois. No matter where the origin, volunteers made the shelter at Fairway Middle School in Killeen run effectively enough to house more than 450 Hurricane Harvey evacuees.
If all goes according to plan, the Killeen shelter for Hurricane Harvey evacuees will be empty by the end of the week, according to Bell County Commissioner John Fisher.
Coryell County did not have any shelters or sponsoring counties during Hurricane Harvey.
AUSTIN — The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the opening of a Joint Field Operations Office in Austin, allowing the agency to better coordinate Hurricane Harvey relief efforts with the military and state, nonprofit and faith-based organizations.
On Monday, Labor Day included a labor of love for American Red Cross volunteers donating their time at Fairway Middle School in Killeen.
The Killeen area is home — either temporarily or long-term — to people fleeing the effects of Hurricane Harvey.
Hurricane Harvey evacuees in Bell County were moved Friday to one location, the former Fairway Middle School in Killeen.
Before Hurricane Harvey swept through the Houston area, Allie Davis was homeless and pregnant, living in a tent with her husband Jareth. Now, she’s an evacuee staying at a shelter in the old Fairway Middle School in Killeen, 250 miles away from Lake Jackson, the city she called home.
Stephanie Reeves has never been to Houston. That’s about to change.
Like a well-oiled machine, volunteers at the Salvation Army McLane Center of Hope were working in unison Thursday morning packing lunches for the Hurricane Harvey evacuees in Temple shelters.
At least 438 people fleeing Hurricane Harvey’s wrath were staying in Bell County shelters on Wednesday.
Killeen shelters are housing about 100 Hurricane Harvey evacuees, and the shelter in Harker Heights is housing about 75 people, officials said Wednesday.
After 10 hours in the water, a crew of Killeen police officers rescued more than 100 people from two apartment complexes along Interstate 10 in Houston.
The Killeen Special Events Center, 3301 S. W.S. Young Drive, is a centralized site for donations, though Bell County Judge Jon Burrows said Thursday that the evacuees’ needs have been met and further donations of food and clothing are not being accepted.
Editor's note: This story was updated to correct the unit to 106th Rescue Wing.
Maj. John Dunlapp of Fort Hood’s 61st Quartermaster Battalion, summed up plans for the approximately 100 military vehicles and 400 soldiers who will be providing support and assistance in the southern Texas areas affected by Hurricane Harvey: “With any mission, there’s always uncertainty.”
At least another 50 people fleeing Tropical Storm Harvey’s flood waters arrived in Bell County in their own vehicles Tuesday, and some have made their way to shelters in Killeen and Harker Heights.
UPDATE, 8:40 a.m.: Bell County emergency officials said nearly 100 evacuees arrived from the Houston area overnight Tuesday, not the 1,000 who were originally expected. About 400 total evacuees are in the county now, and more are expected.
Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets and stores throughout the area were reporting “spot outages” of unleaded fuel Tuesday as shuttered refineries on the Texas coast have created high demand throughout South and Central Texas.
At least 50 Hurricane Harvey evacuees have arrived at the Bell County Expo Center in personal vehicles in need of assistance, according to Bell County Emergency Manager Michael Harmon.
Several members of the Killeen Police Department headed to the Houston area Monday to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Residents are reporting low levels of unleaded fuel at gas stations throughout the region as a spike in demand from South Texans fleeing Tropical Storm Harvey continues to impact availability.
At first, the water that seeped into Lanise and Belinda Williams’ Houston home was at ankle depth. That didn’t alarm them right away. They were in Houston during Hurricane Allison in 2001, and the water got up to their ankles just like it was now.
AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott announced Monday he has activated the entire Texas National Guard in response to Hurricane Harvey, bringing the total number of deployed guardsmen to roughly 12,000.
Killeen and Harker Heights received more than 100 evacuees from Hurricane Harvey, the Category 4 storm that ravaged the Texas coast over the weekend.
Local cities and organizations are reporting closures and cancellations because of Tropical Storm Harvey, as well as shortages on various supplies.
The Office of Emergency Management for Bell County expected to receive about 1,000 evacuees from Brazoria County, which is under mandatory evacuation procedures because of Tropical Storm Harvey.
Texas A&M University-Central Texas social work field director and associate lecturer Tammy Molina Moore is organizing an effort to help the people of Rockport — one of the areas on the Texas coast hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey.
Tropical storm Harvey may be hanging around the area in the form of rain for the next few days.
Members of the Killeen Community Emergency Response Team were ready for evacuees from Hurricane Harvey Saturday morning.
Events have been canceled, hotels are filling up and the Killeen Community Center is being converted into shelter for Hurricane Harvey evacuees.
What was Tropical Storm Harvey is now Hurricane Harvey, and the storm — nearly 180 miles wide — is slated to slam into the middle of the Texas coastline sometime Friday, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday.
Residents may need keep their rain boots, umbrellas and jackets ready as rainfall that started Wednesday is expected to continue in the coming days when Tropical Storm Harvey moves in later in the week.
August and September are historically the most active months for hurricane season in Texas, and the Department of Public Safety has issued a news release containing safety tips for area residents.