Two Galveston County Catholic schools have merged because of damage from Hurricane Harvey.
About 150 students from True Cross Catholic School in Dickinson will attend school for the next three months at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Texas City, officials said. True Cross was flooded in Hurricane Harvey.
“As soon as I heard they flooded, I knew the right thing to do was call them and open our doors,” Our Lady of Fatima Principal Gail Rodgers said.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Rockport, about 200 miles south of the county, on Aug. 25. The storm traveled up the coast and stalled over the Houston area for four days, dumping more than 40 inches of rain in some places. Cities such as Dickinson experienced devastating floods during the storm.
True Cross in Dickinson was one such place that flooded, rendering the building unusable while it’s being repaired.
Most of the classes at the schools have merged, with about one teacher per school in each room, Our Lady of Fatima parent and volunteer Angelica Hanley said.
“So far it has gone beautifully,” Hanley said. “The True Cross family has been very gracious in being taken in during this time. It’s really a beautiful thing to witness.”