An aerial view shows severe flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Rockport, Texas, Aug. 28, 2017. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Malcolm McClendon, Army National Guard

Federal Way’s World Vision sends supplies to Texas hurricane victims

Federal Way-based World Vision has been shipping supplies to provide relief for thousands of storm victims in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey’s epic flooding and destruction.

The international charity organization reports that the shipments will help about 2,500 people in the Houston and Corpus Christi areas in southeast Texas. The items include tents, sleeping bags, coolers, food kits, personal hygiene items, school supplies, socks, clothes, diapers, toilet paper, cleaning supplies and latex gloves.

World Vision reports that it is mobilizing a network of staff and churches to reach 100,000 people. World Vision is also collecting donations online for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief at donate.worldvision.org.

Hurricane Harvey has been estimated as the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, according to weather firm AccuWeather, which reports that the economic impact could be as high as $160 billion.

“Parts of Houston, the United States’ fourth largest city, will be uninhabitable for weeks and possibly months due to water damage, mold, disease-ridden water and all that will follow this 1,000-year flood,” said Accuweather President Joel N. Myers.

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