SAN MARCOS - Following intense flooding in the Central Texas region of San Marcos and Wimberley, Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery is working to coordinate volunteers and funds to assist those in need. More than 400 homes have been destroyed in San Marcos, with assessment continuing in the town of Wimberley as to the number of homes damaged or destroyed.
Chris Liebrum, with TBDR, and Fred Ater, area representative, traveled to the region on Tuesday, May 26 to meet with local pastors about needs in the communities. On Wednesday, Marla Bearden, TBDR specialist, and other representatives met with Texas Baptist Men to develop a strategy that will begin in the relief period.
"This will be a long and costly recovery," Bearden said. "A significant amount of funds and many volunteers will be needed to assist."
The strategy will involve volunteers from local churches, as well as churches outside the area. Due to safety concerns, no one under 16 years old will be able to volunteer at this time. If you or your church are interested in volunteering in this region, click here for more information.
Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster will set up a Multi-Agency Resource Center next week for local residents impacted by the flooding. TBDR will be onhand to provide gift cards and receive information on residents without insurance that will need additional assistance in the coming months. Click here to donate to Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery.
Additional TBDR efforts are being coordinated to assist victims of the Van tornado. Shalom Builders are also seeking skilled construction workers to assist in rebuilding homes damaged or destroyed by the severe weather this spring.
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