Angelina residents offer help to Alex victims

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – It may not be a worst case scenario for Texas, but those in Alex's path can count on help from East Texans.

At the National Guard Armory in Lufkin, they say they'd rather be over-prepared than under-prepared. They've already collected about twenty cases of water for flood victims.

As Don Turner struggles to load a big box of donations, he says it's worth every push, pull and grunt.

"I'd rather be proactive than reactive," said Turner.

Turner's not sure how hard the Texas coast will be hit, but says there's no doubt, the water will be a huge help.

"We know there's going to be a lot of flooding and everything in southeast Texas," he said.

Sgt. Bart Riley says a team of about eight deputies may travel down south if the call comes.

"It makes you feel bad to leave your family behind and to have to travel that far away for work, but yeah it does make you feel better to go down there and help," said Turner.

Turner says he lives to help those facing devastation, even dipping into his life savings, to comfort complete strangers.

"I'm fixing to buy a Bobtail truck from a gentleman on Raguet and that's what I'm going to use to take down there," said Turner.

They still need a lot more donations. They're accepting cases of water and non-perishable goods. You can drop them off here at the Armory from 9 to 6 p.m. for the rest of the week.

Turner says household items like mops, buckets and brooms will be greatly appreciated. You can bring them to the national guard armory on Tulane drive.

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