I flew into Houston for a bris to take place on Shabbos Chanukah.
As the bris was on the Holy Day, I did not take any pictures at the bris. Sorry.
Anyway, this was my first time back in Houston since Hurricane Harvey. I had heard things were bad, but I didn't realize how bad. In one section of this neighborhood, every ranch (and not-elevated house) was ruined. Walking around it feels almost like a ghost town.
Even the main sanctuary of the synagogue, and most of the older building was destroyed beyond repair (they have a social hall, relatively new, which is elevated, which they are now using as their sanctuary and multi-purpose room)
On the other hand, they are building! New codes mean every new house needs to be raised above the ground.
And some houses whose basic structure wasn't damaged are being elevated. They will surely be gutted and remodeled when they are ready.
It will be nice to see this community back on its feet. It will take time.
Looking forward to my next trip - under better conditions for all!
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