After flood, Texas town ‘going to need all of your prayers’

MARTINDALE, Texas (KXAN) — The scars of flood damage show in a community southeast of San Marcos, where flood victims and volunteers say they need more help.

The Small Business Administration arrived in Martindale, Texas, on Thursday to offer help. Volunteers have also set up to offer services to their neighbors whose lives were changed by a raging Blanco River on Memorial Day weekend. Like in other areas, trees now rest along the river banks in Martindale, stripped of bark and uprooted.

“I stopped to check on everything, and I’ve been coming back ever since,” said Cynthia Jones, who lives in Wimberley and heard about the damage in Martindale. “There was very limited help here. The word hadn’t got out, or the resources had already been commanded and dispatched over [in Wimberley]. I think there was just not anything left.”

“A lot of these people around here didn’t have a chance to take anything out,” said Azenet Arellano, who is volunteering at the operation Jones set up.

It is one of several places where volunteers are trying to help the community. Arellano is also a flood victim herself. She left her job to deal with the damage at her home. She and her three children have also started helping others.

Debris piles mark the distance between the volunteer center and Arellano’s home. She says the water rose about 2 feet inside her house. She had to remove some drywall, and many of their belongings and clothes were ruined. A mattress rests on the floor in Arellano’s living room, which is now a temporary bedroom.

“We’re going to fight to rebuild [our home],” said Arellano. “We’ve got to make the best of what we have, and this is what we have.”

“[Flood victims are] going to need materials,” said Jones. “They’re going to need the volunteers to help, and they’re going to need all of your prayers.”

The City of Martindale is keeping track of flood assistance resources for the town on its website.

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