Anahuac is located at the northeast corner of the Trinity Bay in Chambers County, Texas, 45 miles east of Houston. Anahuac is the county seat for Chambers County and has a population of just over 2,000.
Hurricane Ike struck Galveston September 13, 2008 and continued north into the Galveston and Trinity Bays before making landfall just west of Anahuac. By some estimates Ike was the third most costly storm in US history. Its huge size caused massive flooding from Galveston eastward affecting almost the whole Louisiana coastline. Galveston and other coastal areas were devastated. Anahuac had large numbers of fallen trees and damaged roofs, and the nearby town of Oak Island, situated on the bay, was largely destroyed.
Mennonite Disaster Service has not worked in this specific area before, although several early response teams assisted with clean-up in the county immediately after the storm. The Anahuac project's focus is on repairing roofs and completing other minor repairs to prevent further damage from winter rains. As of March 2008 over 40 roofs have been replaced. All volunteers are housed in the First United Methodist Church in Anahuac. MDS is partnered with the Chambers County Long Term Recovery Committee and the United Way.