Hurricane Harvey victims to receive $100,000 in aid from country star Chris Young

Jessica Bliss
The Tennessean
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Country star Chris Young has pledged to donate $100,000 to relief efforts for those devastated by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

And he is asking others to join him. 

Aerial footage from Aransas County along the Texas Gulf Coast after Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 27, 2017.  
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More than a thousand people have been pulled to safety as the remnants of Hurricane Harvey cause historic rains and devastating flooding across East Texas. The storm has claimed at least two lives, but it is too soon to know the full extent of the destruction. Authorities expect the death toll to rise.

Young has friends, family and a home in Texas

Chris Young performs at Nissan Stadium on the third day of CMA Fest 2017, on Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

In a video posted on Twitter, Young says so many places "are going to be dealing with so much damage and loss of life for a long time to come.

"I have friends and family there," he continues, "and I'm fairly positive my house down there may have to be torn down as it was in one of the hardest hit areas by wind and flooding.

"But that's the least of my concern. I'm worried about the people there — like I said, my friends, family, neighbors — and I want to help."

"I'm pledging $100,000 directly to a GoFundMe account to benefit the Red Cross in an effort to help everyone in Texas that has been affected by this hurricane."

$500K relief goal

Young has set up a GoFund Me account, with a goal of $500,000 in donations. (www.gofundme.com/HarveyRelief)

All donations will be routed through the Chris Young Foundation to distribute directly to Harvey relief through the Red Cross and other disaster relief organizations.

Young's $100,000 was the first donation on the page. In the first hour after the page went public, an additional $5,000 had been given.

"In times like these, you turn to your friends to help those in need," Young says at the end of the video. "And that's exactly what I'm doing. I hope you'll donate. And Texas, we love you."

'The event is unprecedented'

Harvey made landfall as a Category Four hurricane, the largest to hit the area in decades.

Rain continues to fall on Texas, and the National Weather Service said some areas could be slammed with an "unprecedented" 50 inches by week's end.

"This event is unprecedented and all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced," NWS tweeted. "Follow orders from officials to ensure safety."

And recovery won't just take weeks or months, but much longer.

“This disaster is going to be a landmark event," Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long said on CNN Sunday. “We’re setting up and gearing up for the next couple of years.’’

Memories of Nashville's 2010 flood

In a Facebook post on Sunday morning, the National Weather Service in Nashville added some perspective by comparing the Harvey-flooding to what Nashville experienced in 2010.

More:10 things to know about the 2010 Nashville flood

Many locations in Texas received more than 20 inches of rainfall in a 24-hour period. In Nashville in 2010, close to 20 inches fell in a 48-hour period. Still, the city was underwater and there was much damage and loss.

"A very heart-breaking scene developing in Houston, Texas this morning as historical flooding similar to the 2010 Middle Tennessee Flood is ongoing," the post said. 

"... Unfortunately, this situation will NOT improve anytime soon as more rain is expected over the next several days," the post continued. "Our hearts go out to Texas and the NWS Houston office right now. We've been there and know exactly what you're going through. Godspeed."

Reach Jessica Bliss at 615-259-8253 and jbliss@tennessean.com. You can also find her on Twitter @jlbliss.

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