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Houston Area Nonprofits Add 38 Vehicles To Relief Fleets

The vehicles, donated by Ford, are aimed to help next time disaster hits and assist ongoing relief efforts

After Hurricane Harvey, disaster relief came in many forms – some of it on wheels.

Families in flooded areas awaited trucks with food and water days after the storm hit.

Unprecedented flooding made it hard for the Salvation Army and other relief to reach areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“It really probably did just catch us off guard,” said Major Kent Davis, Area Commander of the Salvation Army of Houston.

Davis said he had never seen flooding so bad that you couldn’t physically reach neighborhoods that needed aid.

Ford donated 38 vehicles to the Salvation Army, Red Cross, Houston Food Bank and other nonprofits in response to Hurricane Harvey.

Davis said the Salvation Army is in the process of putting together a plan so those vehicles can be positioned closer to areas likely to flood.

“I think we have enough information now that we can strategically place them around so that instantly we could respond if a neighborhood gets flooded,” Davis said.

The Salvation Army distributed some 900,000 meals to families after Hurricane Harvey.

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Elizabeth Trovall is an immigration reporter for Houston Public Media. She joined the News 88.7 team after several years abroad in Santiago, Chile, where she reported on business, energy, politics and culture. Trovall's work has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, Latino...

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