In remembrance of 9/11, volunteers help flood victims

WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — Volunteers are hitting four counties all weekend long to help Blanco River flood survivors continue with long-term cleanup.

The Blanco River Regional Recovery Team (BR3T) is participating in the 9/11 National Day of Service taking place Friday, but extended the help through Sunday. Volunteers are helping in Blanco, Caldwell, Guadalupe, and Hays County.

Victims still need help with everything from debris cleanup to moving back into their homes.

That is why Dyan Rice and her volunteers from the American Youth Works spent their day of service in Wimberley.

“So, we are like this is great, we will go out there and help the Wimberley community and help with the flood relief,” Rice says.

Traci Maxwell with BR3T says the number of volunteers have dropped off. Immediately after the floods, the organization had up to 1,100 volunteers, now Maxwell says they have around four dozen volunteers.

“In the entire 72-mile region, we are averaging less than 50 people a week right now,” Maxwell reveals.

She says not only do they need help to get the job done, but it’s therapy for survivors who do not have the strength to carry on. Traci says that is why some homeowners are encouraged to interact with volunteers.

“The more you can share your story and the more you can accept the things that have happened that you have no control over, the better they are emotionally and can start moving forward with their stuff,” Maxwell explains.

Evenmore, Traci says just cleaning up the garage or having help with patio furniture, can mean the world.

“Having things that may seem very mundane to a lot of people, cleaned and taken care of and back available,” Maxwell says.

That is why Rice says she is willing to return with her team whenever needed.

Luckily, they have all weekend and so do you. If you are interested in volunteering in any of the 4 counties here are the locations and times:

  1. Blanco (Fri & Sat only): 312 Pecan St., Blanco, TX 78606 Contact: David Park
  2. Wimberley (Fri-Sun): 200 Stillwater, Wimberley, TX 78676 Contact: Traci Maxwell or Courtney Goss
  3. San Marcos (Fri & Sat only): 126 W. Hopkins, San Marcos, TX 78666 Contact: Craig Hadley
  4. Martindale (Fri-Sun): 413 Main St., Martindale, TX 78655 Contact: Denise Schlueter

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