Rockport, MA, aids Rockport, TX      Harvey GoFundMe photo related to Rockport, Mass., effort

UPDATED, Sept. 4: Historic flooding in Houston trapped an Arlington woman inside her apartment for two days, Boston 25 News reported.

The station spoke to her brother, Robin Chhetri, after he received a call from her on Tuesday, Aug. 29, when she feared for her life.

Chhetri and his sister, originally from Nepal, but he lives in Arlington while she is attending a nursing program at a Houston community college.

She told her brother she are two roommates were trapped on the second floor after the water had engulfed the first floor of the two-story structure.

Later, after rain subsided, floodwaters receded far enough for the women to get out of the apartment.

For a video report, click here >> 

 Mass. helping hands reach out to Harvey-inundated Texas 

The following series of announcements take you beyond Arlington borders -- all the way to Houston. Published in the spirit of being neighbors, they were first posted in MASSterList.

Scroll down to find out how hyperlocal websites are reporting about the disaster.

Help is flowing from the Boston area to the coast of Texas, where President Trump visited Aug. 29 as former hurricane Harvey continued to unleash unprecedented rainfall and flooding. 

Rockport, Mass., residents have been donating to a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for recovery efforts in hurricane-devastated Rockport, Texas.

J. D. Herlihy, creator of the campaign, said Rockport, Texas, is a sister city to Rockport, Mass., though at times it feels more like a distant cousin.

o far, the 40 donors to the campaign, mostly Rockport, Mass., residents, have raised $2,750 toward the goal of $5,000, The Boston Globe reported Aug. 29

The Gloucester Times first reported that Rockport is extending a hand to the Texas town with the same name

Houston’s Democratic mayor is already extending thanks to his Boston counterpart for assistance. 

Shira Schoenberg of MassLive asks the question we probably don't want to hear the answer to: Could a hurricane Harvey happen in Massachusetts?

Mark Herz of WGBH has details on how members of the Mass. National Guard are assisting in storm relief by using imaging technology to steer rescue crews in the right direction

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft pledged $1 million to match donations to the American Red Cross

Lisa Weidenfeld of Boston magazine has a rundown of other ways to help those affected by Harvey. 

From the Aug. 30 MASSterList:

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson is proposing sending inmates from his prisons to help with the post-Harvey recovery in Texas, Brian Fraga reports in the Standard-Times. Hodgson said he already has 10 volunteers but there are hurdles to cross: For one thing, the sheriffs in Texas he wants to coordinate help with are a bit busy right now. And lawmakers have moved to block Hodgson or any other sheriff from sending inmates out of state to work, though a bill overwhelmingly approved by the state House of Representatives has since been sent to committee.

In other Harvey-related news, Cristela Guerra of the Globe reports that donations to help the relief effort are flooding into Boston City Hall and Dan Kennedy writes in WGBH about how journalists tried to warn about the explosive and unregulated growth in the Houston area was going to collide with a changing climate at some point. 

As Hurricane Harvey bore down, local journalists stepped up

The following was reported by LIONS Publishers, a national organization of local websites to which YourArlington belongs:

As Houston flooded, this independent journalist delivered the news to hundreds of thousands of people. LION member Dennis Spellman's CoveringKaty.com in Katy, Texas, has been working nonstop to keep residents informed of areas affected by flooding, road closures, shelter availability and how to access food, water and gas.

At the Houston Chronicle, staff have been working around the clock, and literally wading through waist-high water to get to work and cover the story. A smaller Texas newsroom lost power and kept covering the storm. And as the water rose, this Houston TV station fought to stay on-air.

They worked despite losing their own homes. A reporter's tale in Houston: When the story becomes your own disaster.

And stepped in to help, not just observe: 'Overwhelmed' journalists are jumping in to rescue those trapped by Hurricane Harvey. In Harvey reporting, two ethics questions raised.

Texas will need great regional reporting for months and years. Can we muster a cavalry?


For donations, Lisa Deeley Smith suggested on the Arlington email list Aug. 30 considering Church World Service, which is assembling hygiene kits and cleanup buckets for distribution.

Trinity Baptist Church, Arlington, is collecting a special offering Sept. 10 and 17. You can donate via the CWS website >>

The Town of Arlington website reported that donations can be made to:

City of Houston's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
American Red Cross
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Joe Curro, Chair of the Board of Selectmen, said, "The hearts of our residents go out to the victims of this weekend's horrific weather events. We recognize the suffering and sacrifice of those in the impact zone, as well as the many personal and family ties that exist between our people and those in the affected region. Concerned Arlingtonians are united in offering support and praise for the acts of encouragement and generosity that will be so needed over the coming weeks, months, and years to assist with recovery efforts." 


These briefs were published Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, and updated Sept. 4, to add local angle