Hurricane Recovery Efforts Continue

Two client recovery specialists are still helping people affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. They get new clients in Angelina and Nacogdoches counties almost every day, mainly in rural areas. They deal with each client on a case by case basis.

Jeanie Mile, a community recovery specialist, said, "Right now, we have several recovery projects going on in the way of home repairs, people that are needing new roofs they're needing or have damage done to floors and walls and they need repairs done to those."

In their office they have a map that shows families still affected by the hurricanes in our area.  Blue dots stand for tarped homes and black dots stand for elderly folks needing help.

Amber Stewart, a client recovery specialist, said, "All the red dots mean they have received the max replacement amount for replacement homes, so everywhere you see the red dots are the houses that have been completely destroyed by Hurricane Rita that have had to be replaced."

There are now 19 FEMA trailers located off Highway 69 in Lufkin.  They are expected to be sold to the general public. Meanwhile, the American Red Cross is looking for volunteers for this hurricane season.

Glenna Harkness, with the American Red Cross, said, "Red Cross right now needs volunteers more than ever. We are really looking for volunteers that even if it doesn't hit in our area, someone who is willing to drive the emergency response vehicles someone who can response to other locations.  Plus, someone who can offer a quick and accurate response to here also is what we're looking for.

The American Red Cross will be hosting a volunteer orientation on July 17th.  It will happen at 6 p.m. at the American Red Cross Office.  That is located at 1905 E. Denman Avenue in Lufkin.  Contact the American Red Cross for more information.