Raffa's is one of the many businesses being gutted in the Kingwood community after Hurricane Harvey.

The unimaginable devastation in the Lake Houston area not only affected homeowners, but several businesses as well.

YMCA

The Lake Houston Family YMCA on West Lake Houston Parkway was in the path of the raging floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey. It received six to eight feet of water throughout the facility and is currently assessing the situation and receiving expert guidance on how to best proceed with the recovery. The facility will keep the community updated on its progress. In the interim, all members of the Lake Houston Family YMCA are welcome to use any YMCA in the Greater Houston area.

King's Harbor

King's Harbor was decimated, including local favorites such as Berry Bar, Sharky's and Zammitti's. Raffa's Waterfront Grill, owned by Tony Raffa, has a Gofundme account set up with a goal of raising $50,000 (gofundme.com/harvey-raffas-waterfront-grill). Dapper Darlings Boutique had their grand opening only two weeks earlier. Visit facebook.com/KingsHarbor for more information.

Kingwood Library

The Kingwood branch of the Harris County Library lost the contents of its first floor, where the children's section is.

Alspaugh's

Alspaugh's Hardware Store had four feet of water in it, but with a lot of hard work was able to reopen on Monday, Sept. 4.

Town Center

All of the businesses in Town Center were flooded, including the Town Center Apartments.

Randall's

Randall's shopping center and its businesses were under water, including the nearby Chik-Fil-A. Three B's Grill is currently selling vinyl decals for cars at $5 with all proceeds going back to the restaurant to get it up and running again. They are already in the process of rebuilding and hope to be open in two weeks. Call Kristy Brown at 713-822-0261 to order a decal.

H-E-B

The new H-E-B store, which opened less than a year ago, stayed open until 3 p.m. on August 27 to help people stock up on supplies. It too was flooded, along with dozens of businesses including the Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center which was scheduled to open at the start of this month. The hospital estimates that it will take six to eight months to repair the facility.

Kingwood and Deerwood Country Clubs

The Kingwood and Deerwood Country Clubs and the houses along the golf course were no match for the rapidly raising waters of the storm.

Forest Cove

Forest Cove is no stranger to flood damage, and the businesses along Hamblen Road were destroyed after being underwater for days. Among these are Smart Stop, Jack's Grocery, Chiron Communications and ZZ Gator's. Kingwood Cove Golf Course still has standing water on the course.

Humble

The damage extended to Humble, with Main Event, Costco and Humble Golf Center deluged by the San Jacinto River. Target, Kohl's and Taco Cabana are also closed until further notice.

But many, many businesses have stepped up in force to help.

To the rescue

Cherrie and Daniel LeDoux, owners of A Grand Affair, a catering company, provided comfort by feeding up to 150 first responders three meals a day for six days while they were stationed at HFD Station 102, wading through standing water at times to get there. Cherrie then hosted a popup kitchen at HAAM in Humble for three days, giving hot meals to anyone who came. On Labor Day, she set up at Foster's Mill pool and cooked lunch for 300 people who were in cleanup mode.

Gold's Gym is offering a free, one-week trial for members of gyms closed due to Harvey. Lifetime Fitness is waiving its initiation fee. Hunan Garden Restaurant is offering free food until they run out. West Lake Houston Automotive is among the businesses offering help, and advises those with flooded vehicles not to start their cars, but to call them at 281-916-1976 for a free assessment over the phone. On Sept. 5, The Overlook served a free dinner for all those affected in Atascocita South. Great Harvest Bread in Kingwood is offering a free loaf of bread to all flood victims. Tusca Italian Grill also provided a complimentary dinner for all first responders. Nico's Bar and Grill on Loop 494 will be hosting a benefit Saturday, Sept. 9 and is accepting donations for local shelters. During the month of September, Wal-Mart customers who use the Walmart2Walmart money transfer service through the Wal-Mart Express Money Services feature on the Wal-Mart app will not pay a fee. They are waiving this fee so those who want to can send money domestically to Harvey victims.

These are just a few of the local companies who have stepped up, even as they are recovering from the storm themselves. Kingwood is a resilient community, and will continue to come together in the upcoming days to rebuild and become stronger than ever.

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