“Texas Lawyers Jump To Action As Harvey Wreaks Havoc”
As a deadly, unprecedented storm rolled through Houston and the greater coastal area, Texas lawyers stepped up to help, wading through chest-deep water to rescue neighbors, opening up homes to displaced colleagues and friends, and manning boats and trucks to save residents and deliver needed supplies.
When Cassandra Mott of Thompson & Knight LLP went to sleep around 2 a.m. Saturday night, her street in Bellaire was clear. By Sunday morning, waist-deep water filled the street. She and her husband went door-to-door checking on neighbors, particularly those in one-story homes, and brought a family with small children and her elderly neighbor to ride out the storm at their house, which was built with flood protection in mind and has a second story where they could be safe if water got in.
“It’s what Houstonians do,” Mott said. “We all take care of each other.”
As the rain subsided, they began the work of helping neighbors rip up soggy carpet and make their homes livable again, and have helped them file insurance claims. Mott’s garage flooded, damaging two cars, and her home will need some repairs, but she considers those minor inconveniences and says she’s very fortunate.
“We just wish we could do more,” she said.
The Thompson & Knight Foundation is matching attorney and employee contributions designated for relief in connection with Hurricane Harvey and the Houston flooding of up to $1,000 per individual contribution, with a maximum matching gift of $50,000.