AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Disaster Relief Network, Central Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters and the volunteer management platform started responding to massive cleanup requests Monday.
ADRN is made up of more than 200 churches, according to Executive Director Daniel Geraci. Volunteers are helping Bastrop, Hays, Travis and Williamson Counties.
The “Crisis Clean-Up” initiative is a joint effort by multiple Central Texas organizations to clear and remove debris from homes after last week’s severe winter storms.
Residents in those four counties can call the “Crisis Clean-Up” toll free number at 1 (800) 329-8052 to request help to clean up their home and/or debris around it.
The line opened at 3 p.m. Saturday and will operate Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Homeowners with few resources and abilities can ask for assistance in removing fallen trees, limbs and cleaning up homes that have suffered water damage and/or other storm-related damage.
“Hundreds of residents across the region have suffered tremendous damage during this past week of snow and ice,” said Geraci.
Eva Leal, a San Marcos resident, is still dealing with a soaked carpet and other issues caused by a broken pipe. In fact, she said she and her daughter started pulling the carpet up themselves.
“We pulled as much as we could,” Leal said.
Leal came back to destruction after losing power. She said she stayed with her daughter.
“I was cold; I was hungry,” Leal said. “I said, ‘I don’t want to die here frozen.'”
Now left with a mess, she’s thankful she’ll be getting help from ADRN.
“Yeah, it has been overwhelming,” Leal said. “I’m 77 years old. I live on a limited income.”
Geraci said since Saturday, the calls have flooded in.
“A big disaster like this, it takes many organizations, many churches, the whole community getting involved,” Geraci said.
Leal is grateful for the extra help this time around. She said she’s been through multiple floods in the past six years.
“There is help out there,” Leal said. “Please call if you’re in the same situation or worse. I am so thankful.”
The line is also accepting monetary donations online or by phone at (512) 806-0800. The funds will be distributed in the form of gift cards, emergency housing and/or supplies for immediate and long-term needs.