TCU Hurricane Harvey Response FAQs

Hurricane Harvey has affected thousands in the coastal communities of Texas, and hundreds from our TCU community. Below are some frequently asked questions and answers. We will add more information and resources over the next few days as we have more information, so please check back.

Updated Sept. 1, 2017, 8:23 a.m.

What are current travel conditions along the Texas Gulf Coast?

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, although Tropical Depression Harvey has made its way out of Texas, several rivers continue to rise and will remain above or reach “Major” flood stage, creating life-threatening conditions into the weekend. These include the Guadalupe, Brazos, Trinity, Neches and Sabine rivers. Nearly 300 Texas roadways are experiencing flooding conditions, including large portions of IH-10 from Houston east to the Texas-Louisiana state line. Travel is still not advised in the affected areas due to rapidly changing water levels and unsafe driving conditions.

Updated Aug. 31, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

What are current travel conditions along the Texas Gulf Coast?

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, Tropical Depression Harvey continues to move north-northeast, and the center of the storm crossed from Louisiana into Mississippi around noon today. Isolated light rain associated with Harvey remains along the Texas-Louisiana border and will linger throughout the day. Several rivers will remain above or will reach “Major” flood stage, creating life-threatening conditions into the weekend. These include the Guadalupe, Brazos, Trinity, Neches and Sabine rivers. There remain nearly 350 Texas roadways experiencing flooding. Travel is still not advised in the affected areas due to rapidly changing water levels and unsafe driving conditions.

What should we do about fuel shortages – some media outlets have reported that gas stations in Dallas-Fort Worth may run out of fuel.

Keep in mind that long-term impacts to Texas Gulf Coast refineries and liquid fuel pipelines remain largely speculative at this point. According to the Railroad Commission of Texas, there is no current gas shortage in Texas due to Hurricane Harvey. We continue to monitor the situation and remain in close contact with city and industry partners, and we will share appropriate information as it becomes available. In the meantime, those who wish to take precautionary measures are certainly welcome, as always, to limit discretionary driving by careful planning, carpooling, walking or using a bicycle where possible.

Updated Aug. 30, 2017

Where can we find more information on how to help?

Visit the Hurricane Harvey Relief website.

Is it safe to travel to affected areas?

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the storm currently is positioned on the Texas-Louisiana border and will continue to push east toward Louisiana through Wednesday. Substantial rainfall and dangerous flooding continue to threaten this part of the state. More than 500 roadways in southeast Texas are currently experiencing flood conditions. Travel is not advised in the affected areas due to rapidly changing water levels and unsafe driving conditions.

How many Texas Christian University students are affected by Hurricane Harvey?

Our records indicate that 876 students have permanent addresses within the counties that have received either state or federal disaster declarations.

What is TCU doing to help these students?

The university is working directly with these students on everything from academic and financial effects to increasing Campus Life and mental health services.

Will TCU enroll students from other universities who are displaced by the storm?

This need remains to be determined. The university will work with colleges and universities along the coast who may have displaced students to determine appropriate next steps once we understand more about relief and recovery timelines. Our goal is to work toward options that are in the long-term best interests of the students involved.

Is TCU currently housing any storm evacuees?

The campus currently is not housing any reported storm evacuees.

How can the TCU community help?

TCU’s Student Affairs division is currently coordinating a campus-wide response, which will be shared with the campus later this week. In the meantime, the most immediate need is monetary donations; individuals who wish to make donations may do so at redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey or by texting HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

In addition, those wishing to make a gift to directly help TCU students affected by the storm may do so by visiting makeagift.tcu.edu. For “Designation,” select “Other,” and on the following screen, simply enter “Frog Family Crisis Fund.”