BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - Wednesday marks the two-years anniversary of the wildfires ripped through Bastrop County, and the cleanup and recovery efforts continue.
The fires destroyed nearly 1,700 homes and burned more than 34,000 acres. On Tuesday, a fundraiser to help those still displaced by the fire was held. The goal was to raise $100,000.
The big news of the night though came in the form of a big check. A $1.5 million community grant was awarded to the Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team by the American Red Cross of Central Texas and will be used to complete construction of 30 new homes for families displaced by the wildfires.
"These funds will go towards buiding materials for 30 families still left without a home, and we will likely have enough money to build even more than 30," said Adena Lewis with Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team.
"For the people of Bastrop County, the disaster didn't end when the fires were put out," said Marty McKellips, regional chief executive officer with American Red Cross of Central Texas. "Community members, volunteers and donors have worked tirelessly to restore and rebuild this community, and it is the Red Cross of Central Texas' honor to further that mission."
The recovery team set a goal to raise an additional $100,000 to provide the funds necessary to implement the grant and complete the construction of the new homes.
While the fire is long gone and the dust has settled, the Bastrop community is making sure no one is forgotten.
"These people were truly victims and now we are making them survivors," said Lewis.
So far, the long term recovery team has built more than 75 homes for families in need, but more help is needed. Donations can be made to the Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team, or to the American Red Cross of Central Texas.
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