Beginning February 15, Winter Storm Uri began to wreak havoc in Galveston. As the icy pellets began to slam into windows around 1 am, the state of Texas faced an energy crisis that left nearly 95% of the island without power as temperatures plummeted into dangerous lows. Some waited days for their power to be restored, and then water was lost on the island for all. As power was restored and water lines began to thaw, it was clear that there would be widespread damage from burst pipes flooding homes. In addition, icy conditions kept grocery trucks from delivering while people were forced to toss spoiled food. In short, it was a perfect storm that has left our community, already fragile from the events surrounding the pandemic, vulnerable.
United Way of Galveston is poised to continue our role as partners in recovery, as we have for nearly 100 years. We are working closely with our Partner Agencies to assess the needs of their organizations, as well as the clients they serve, so that we can respond swiftly.