The rain may have stopped pouring in Houston, but the devastation from Hurricane Harvey continues to grow. Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed as a result of the Category 4 hurricane, and residents also have to face the dangerous environmental fallout, like air and water pollution.

Reporters from Democracy Now! visited Houston over the weekend, led by environmental justice organizer Bryan Parras. Watch footage from Amy Goodman, Renée Feltz and Hany Massoud’s “toxic tour” in the player above.

The tour shines a light on the storm’s impact on communities of color located near many of the petroleum plants. Many undocumented immigrants also live in the areas near the plants, Parras explains.

“We’re fearful of any attention that they would draw to themselves by asking for help,” Parras says. “But we need it.”

Posted by Emma Niles.




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