Small Community Makes Do With Little Resources

Power line after downed power line, tree after fallen tree. It's hard not to gasp at the destruction in the Black Forest community.

Kim Hogan, Zavalla resident, said, "Out here, it's pretty bad. People don't have anything. What they did have, they've lost it. Their homes are destroyed. Houses have trees all in them. Power lines: gone, so it's gonna be a while."

A lot of Black Forest residents can't afford to pay hundreds of dollars for a generator or even buy the gas to operate one.

"We thank God that the weather's been cool, but if it doesn't stay like this, what are they gonna do? And with Angelina County not being [declared] a disaster [area] for FEMA, they can't get help. Even if they could afford a generator, how can you afford the gas that it's costing to run a generator daily?"

Some of the people who live in Black Forest haven't bathed since last weekend, but they've come up with a simple, yet unconventional, way to stay clean.

"You might not want to know that," said Hogan.

"It's kind of tribal," said Black Forest resident, Dana Powell. "I mean, to go to the lake to bathe and there's people everywhere down there bathing, because that's all the water we have."

Many families now bathe in Lake Sam Rayburn, while others wash off with melted ice.

There are about a hundred homes in the Black Forest community. The area is in southern Angelina County near Zavalla.