Deep East Texas volunteers lend helping hand to Houston flood victims

Deep East Texas volunteers lend helping hand to Houston flood victims
Source: Scott Brawley
Source: Scott Brawley

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Houston continues to deal with rising flood waters and the threat of dams breaking and East Texans are ready to help.

The high water and the dramatic rescues in Houston are bringing the best out in most people, including those from Deep East Texas. Scott Brawley with the American Red Cross Deep East territory is joined by others in the disaster relief effort.

"We've got the two Red Cross employees out of Lufkin deployed to Houston," Brawley said. "Dave Grey is doing recruiting and training out of the Spring office and I am working feeding out of the Houston office. We've also got two volunteers Bobbie Ann and Ron Anderson. They're working shelters and our emergency response vehicle is deployed here as well."

While in Houston volunteers work with other groups, including churches representing all denominations. Last week, the Nacogdoches First United Methodist youth group filled flood buckets with cleaning supplies.

"Over the course of the next few weeks churches from all over our annual conference will be putting those together and there will be literally thousands of them down in the Houston area helping people there," First United Methodist Church Nacogdoches senior pastor Dr. Jeff McDonald said.

The Nacogdoches Fire Department is also represented through Texas Task Force I. The statewide disaster relief deployment team was the first called out. Deep East Texans are helping out, but the region is often under represented according to Red Cross volunteer, Mike Butchko, who just returned from the Sabine River flood relief.

"During the event in Sabine River over 570 volunteers were called up. 270 of them on duty at any particular time and only less than half came from our area because overall we do not have volunteers," Butchko said.

In Houston, expedited training called 'Just In Time' is taking place. A call to your the closest Red Cross chapter can get you connected to helping out those in need. Monetary donations can be made at the Red Cross website. Volunteer information is also available.

For more information on volunteering, click here.

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