Friends are rallying to help the family of a local Cummins employee whose suburban Houston home was inundated with floodwater and sewage in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Money is being raised through a gofundme account to help Chris Pemberton, a Cummins global cybersecurity lead in Columbus, his wife, Jen, and their two children, Leah, 21, and Gabe, 11.

The Pembertons had 27 inches of sewage-laced floodwater filling the first floor of their 3,000-square-foot home after a deluge of rain turned their Friendswood, Texas, neighborhood into a lake within two days of the hurricane’s Aug. 25 landfall.

Chris Pemberton, who grew up in Columbus and is a Columbus East graduate, lives in Greenwood for his work obligations and commutes about 1,000 miles back to be with his family every month at their home southeast of downtown Houston.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Republic.


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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.