Central TX Flood News

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On the evening of October 30th, heavy rains caused flooding in Central Texas directly affecting a reported 1,100 homes. Affected areas initially reported were South Austin, Pflugerville, Hutto, Wimberley and other surrounding cities. Bluff Springs area (Onion Creek) was by far the most devastated. Onion Creek crested at a record breaking 41 feet. The highest on record prior to this devastating flood was 38 feet. Flood stage is in effect at 19 feet. The recent floods in South Austin a few weeks prior were recorded at 30 feet. Below, please read Austin Disaster Relief Network’s response to the need for assistance.

ADRN RESPONSE  ( updated Dec 4 2013 )

  • Over 500 families have asked ADRN’s network of churches to sponsor them (long term emotional/spiritual care and financial support to rebuild)
  • ADRN has provided a significant amount of funds in the form of gift cards to meet the immediate needs of flood families.  
  • ADRN continues to provide assistance in the relief efforts by collaborating with local businesses to provide discounted and donated building supplies, as well as free mold remediation services to affected homes..
  • Mold preventing chemicals were donated to ADRN to provide our clean-up teams the materials needed to treat damaged wood inside homes before rebuilding begins.
  • Funds are greatly needed to rebuild homes and to provide funds for families that were uninsured to remain in hotels until permanent housing is found or their homes are in livable conditions.
  • ADRN has coordinated and deployed over 2,500 volunteers
  • Volunteers deployed through ADRN have assisted in cleaning up an estimated 130 homes
  • ADRN’s Call Center has received hundreds of calls from survivors asking for assistance and donors offering resources.

ADRN GREATEST NEEDS:

  • Donations of funds, rebuilding and cleanup tools/materials, sheetrock, personal care and household items at the Donation Center ( see Donation Center information below ). 

Updated Dec 4, 2014


DONATE GOODS ( See DISTRIBUTION CENTER info below )

ADRN has partnered with the Christian Compassion Center to assist families. ADRN is in GREAT need of financial donations or gift cards (Walmart & HEB), furniture, household items, food/water, non-perishable food items, toiletries, baby items, toys, etc (lots of families). Cleaning supplies (specifically bleach) and tools are also needed (see list below) to help in clean-up. NEW (only) mattresses are needed. All items are being received at the warehouse located at Oak Meadow Baptist Church. View the Donation Center information below for details.

A secondary drop-off location has been set up for non-furniture items in partnership with Diamonds Direct at the Domain. See below for details and address.

SMALL GROUP / BUSINESS SPONSORS 
Host a fundraiser and help raise funds together! Join small businesses and other groups who are coming together to raise funds to give as one large donation to ADRN to aid flood survivors and families. We will post your logo on our site and Facebook to show our appreciation and help get the word out about your business – plus your help is REALLY needed and these families need funding. Write to admin@adrntx.org (Subject: Group Fundraiser / Central Texas Flood) for more information.

Download our ADRN CTX FLOOD FLIER to help at your event.


JOIN US IN PRAYER

Please pray for those affected by the floods, for ADRN volunteers in the field, for our Call Center volunteers, for the giving hearts of those who can help, and all those who are assisting the families in the flooded areas.

 

ADRN VOLUNTEERS / CHURCH NETWORK


SHEPHERDS NEEDED TO SPONSOR FAMILIES ( MUST BE A PART OF ADRN’s NETWORK CHURCHES )
ADRN anticipates over 300 families needing to be sponsored! Please SIGN UP through the link provided in the network email released. Please click here to view up and coming DRS training.


CALL CENTER VOLUNTEERS ( ADRN CALL CENTER TRAINED VOLUNTEERS ) 

Call Center Volunteers: ADRN needs several volunteers to answer the phones (for survivors,) at our Call Center over the next several days. Please SIGN UP for shift deployments from the link provided from ADRN’s network email. 


HOSPITALITY TEAM

ADRN is in need of volunteers to prepare meals for volunteers working at our Call Center. Please SIGN UP for shift deployments from the link provided from ADRN’s network email.


DONATION CENTER INFORMATION

Updated Dec 4, 2014

ADRN is partnering with Christian Compassion Center to open a warehouse to receive donations for FLOOD SURVIVORS. The warehouse is located at:

DONATION CENTER LOCATION:
OAK MEADOWS BAPTIST CHURCH
6905 SOUTH IH 35
AUSTIN, TX 78744
*The warehouse is located behind the main church building.

HOURS OF OPERATION:
By appointment only. Please email Mark Shackleford at mark@c3austin.org to make an appointment.

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We have partnered with Diamonds Direct at The Domain to be a secondary drop-off location for non-furniture items.

DIAMONDS DIRECT ( Non-Furniture Items )
11104 Domain Drive
Austin TX 78758

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Mon-Fri 10 am – 8 pm
Sat   10 am -7 pm
Sun  12 pm – 5 pm

WAREHOUSE MOST NEEDED ITEMS:

  • Cleaning Supplies and Tools ( see list below )
  • Non-perishable food
  • NEW (only) mattresses
  • Furniture
  • Shovels
  • Baby Formula
  • Paper plates
  • Paper bowls
  • Can opener
  • Sanitary/feminine products
  • Baby wipes
  • Tents
  • Heaters
  • Blankets
  • Baby food
  • Cribs
  • Wheelchairs
  • Strollers
  • Car seats
  • Underwear/socks
  • Dish soap
  • Microwaves
  • Empty spray bottles

CLEANUP SUPPLIES & TOOLS NEEDED: (Survivors tools washed away in floods)

  • Flat shovels
  • Sheet rock
  • Face masks (N-95)
  • Leather gloves
  • Box cutters / Utility Knives
  • Hammers
  • Safety goggles
  • Heavy-duty trash bags
  • Trash cans
  • Bleach ( requested by families to control mold )

 


MEDIA COVERAGE: 
Please email media@adrntx.org or kimberly@adrntx.org for more information regarding interviews and ADRN’s continuing response and immediate needs.

FLOOD SURVIVORS - LOST AND FOUND ITEMS: Go to our FACEBOOK ALBUM for items found by our ADRN teams. 

CENTRAL TEXAS FLOOD RELIEF PHOTOS: Photo Gallery


 


 

Case 1:
( Story of a mother of an ADRN volunteer’s cousin )

One mother’s home was affected by the floods and as the waters rose, she remained in the house and stood in water up to her armpits most of the night, inside her house. She watched her BBQ pit float by outside of the window. The Fire Dept, who were clearing homes, did not see her at first. One of the men felt stirred to look again. He went back an hour later to look for any remaining survivors in the area. He found her! She said after her rescue, that all she did the whole night was pray…and the Lord sent someone back to find her! She lost everything, and left her home with only the clothes on her back (+ meds).

Case 2:
( Story of a Volunteer’s Observance from the field )
“We went out to the disaster site ( William Cannon and Pleasant Valley ), and believe me when I say, this is a SERIOUS disaster.  MANY, MANY people are hurting…  Some people have not eaten in two days because they couldn’t drive in or out of the valley - some wounded; no free medical units… Some people saw neighbors fall from their roofs and float away. They saw whole houses and cars came toward them ( as they sat on the roof inches from water ), most times barely missing direct impact with their perch. People waited 5 or 6 hours to be rescued, and many never got rescued; they just waited for the waters to recede.
I only tell you this to highlight the need for volunteers, for family sponsors, for prayer. ~Blessings, Katherine”

Case 3: Field Story from an ADRN Emotional Care Volunteer

Frankly, I have lost count of how many families I have had the opportunity to meet with yesterday and today. I do know that there is an overwhelming appreciation that ADRN and the Austin Church is out there caring for this community that has been so devastated by this flood.

One encounter particularly impacted me today.  A young single mother with a a nine month old baby began sharing her story with me and it was very hard to keep my emotions in check.  She was very confused and scared as the water began entering her rented home, not knowing what she should do to protect her baby.  A neighbor came to her and assisted her in climbing up to the roof of his home to escape the rapidly rising and fast moving water.  In the confusion and fear of the moment this young mother did not think to grab anything but her baby boy, thus no clothes or diapers, no food, no documents, nothing.

 

Long hours siting on the roof, with no ability to change diapers or feed the baby was very stressful, plus when they could climb down she faced the realization that there was nothing left to retrieve.  This young woman had a job at an assisted living center, but her child care was provided by a neighbor, one that had also lost their house and is now evacuated thus creating a work dilemma. She lost her WIC (food support) card for the child, she lost her ID, her social security card, both their birth certificates, all personal documents.  She has spent the last two nights in the evacuation center as she has no family living in Texas.  She has no car, no phone and frankly was feeling there was no hope as she came to us today.

 

To say that there is tremendous need in this situation is an understatement, one that is both short and long term.  I felt very privileged but inadequate as I met and prayed with this young lady, but of course the power and resources will come from the Lord.  There are many other stories, each with unique aspects, but the in the end all need people to respond and come alongside and give them an assist during this difficult time.  What better time for the body of Christ to manifest care and love to those He loves.  I heard many expressions of gratefulness for the “Church” coming out and being there for this community.  I pray that we can continue to serve and care for these hurting families.

 

I hope this brief story provides some additional insight.

 

Steven Hieronymus