Home repairs underway for Texas flood survivors

By John Iwasaki

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Volunteers have started repairs on homes damaged by last month’s flooding in Central Texas, helped by building materials provided by World Vision’s domestic disaster warehouse near Dallas.

Meanwhile, flash flood watches are in effect for parts of Central Texas and Houston as a tropical storm system moves inland this week.

The first repair projects are in Blanco, about 50 miles north of San Antonio. World Vision recently shipped roofing shingles, insulation, bathtubs, and bathroom and kitchen sinks to the community.

World Vision partner Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery, part of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, has organized volunteers to repair homes in the Blanco area and later in Wimberley and San Marcos.

"The [families] we've targeted are uninsured or underinsured or are elderly or disabled," says Gerald Davis, disaster recovery specialist with Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery. "Blanco didn't get FEMA funding. It means they're on their own."

World Vision also recently provided shingles, OSB particle board, and lumber to help families whose homes were damaged earlier in May by a tornado in Van, about 70 miles east of Dallas.

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery volunteers will repair homes in Van starting June 20.

Even areas that suffered damage from disasters in previous years, such as Houston after Hurricane Ike in 2008, are "still trying to recover," Davis says, "so it means the world [for today's disaster survivors to be helped by World Vision] because generally they have no other means to get their homes taken care of."

More than 400 homes have been destroyed in the San Marcos area and 204 in Van, according to Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery. The organization has about 500 volunteers available to serve.

"We're working our plan to respond to overlooked areas," says Phyllis Freeman, national director of domestic disaster response for World Vision.

She says World Vision also plans to respond to flooding in Houston.

For flood survivors in Texas, "some homes are livable and in some cases, people are living in relatives' homes or assistance…is about to run out," Davis says. "It's a stressful time."

The building material provided by World Vision will help survivors "return to their homes that much quicker," he says. "We'll make sure these materials get put to good use and get to the people who need it."

How Can You Help Now?

Pray for children, families, and communities affected by the recent floods. Pray for those who lost loved ones and property. Pray also that those impacted would find the help they need.

Make a one-time donation to our U.S. Disaster Response Fund. Your gift will help us respond quickly and effectively to life-threatening emergencies right here in the United States.

World Vision also is seeking volunteers at its North Texas warehouse in Grand Prairie, Texas, to support the organization's relief efforts. Volunteers will help sort, prepare, and pack cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, and other supplies. (Volunteers also are welcome throughout the year to help with our ongoing warehouse needs.)

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