Help Arriving For Flood Victims

The Southern Baptists of Texas Disaster Relief team gets right to work. A kitchen sink comes crashing to the ground. A volunteer quipped, " Are you taking everything out except the kitchen sink?" Jack Wilkins explained, " We try not to save anything cause it's all cause it's all ruined any way. " A tough thing to watch for the homeowner, Calvin Jones.   So he pitches in because,    " When they come in you want to get in and participate you know while you can. You don't want to hold nobody up."

The personal stories can be found just about any where at a disaster scene. Take for instance a refrigerator on its way to the dump. On the door is a pre kindergarten certificate for the little boy who lives here. Volunteers will gut as many homes as they can realizing the tenants may never ever live there again. Southern Baptist volunteer Larry Shinn found out,  " Most of these folks are renters and they lost absolutely everything. They didn't have renter's insurance. Certainly no flood insurance and now we have moved all their stuff out of the house into the yard in a big pile and they're going to go fix the house where they can't even live in the house and that's where the heartbreak is. "

Mayor Leroy Hughes is busy trying to find a place for his town's homeless to live.    " We have two federal housing programs here and I'm gong to see what we can do to see if we can get some availability in there. "   Red Cross is thankful to Brookshire Brothers for supplying a truck load of water. The cases were gone in a matter of hours.

Then there are those with no way in and no way out.   All terrain vehicles even have difficulty reaching 17 isolated families in the Sabine National Forest. The road that used to cross a small creek is washed away.  Road crews hope to have some repairs soon to allow families an escape from their own homes. Living conditions have been less than pleasant. United States Forest Service Safety and Fire Prevention officer Marsha Cooper said,  " They're without water. They're without electricity. Phone lines are damaged. "

County and forest service roads aren't the only impassable roads. The Texas Department of Transportation has an emergency contract out on state highway 147, just north of San Augustine. Farm to market road 353 was closed today, but should re-open tomorrow. And repairs are moving forward on farm to market road 2261 in Shelby County. Motorists are advised to slow down around construction areas.

Recovery is a matter of time and money. Damage estimates are still being accessed.