When we first interviewed flood-affected folks, we heard a recurring sentiment: This disaster event is not something that will magically heal overnight, no matter how massive and effective the initial response. And over and over we heard the same thing: "Once the disaster crews leave, don't forget about us."
After flood waters rampaged through Central Texas over the Memorial Day weekend, area restaurants stepped up to help in the best way they know how – feeding people. Some eateries donated food for first responders, clean-up crews, and volunteers, while others are raising funds.
“If there’s one thing people in Austin like to do, it's watch and celebrate live music. It only makes sense to use what we are good at to help,” said Kelsey Wilson, lead singer and violinist of Austin band, Wild Child.
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It's not a huge problem – yet. But in disasters, there often seems to be the potential for a secondary disaster: the flood after the flood, if you will, of onlookers, gawkers, the curious. Let's just call 'em what they are: Disaster Rubberneckers.
[Editor's Note: Sometimes best intentions can cause more problems. Texas Parks & Wildlife biologist Kelly Conrad Simon, whose house was a total loss in the Bastrop fires, posted this on Facebook – an invaluable list, some please do and please don'ts – for those who wish to help friends and individuals during a disaster. ]
After wrapping up a Summer Fun-related appointment in New Braunfels on Sunday, I drove through San Marcos to check in with family whose home bordering the Quail Creek golf course was impacted by the early morning deluge.
As East Texas and six nearby states gird for the weather activity that just passed though our area, San Marcos, Wimberley, and areas along the Blanco River and other low-lying Hill Country are digging out from early-morning flooding.