UPDATE: Flood of Relief

In tragedy's wake, Central Texas continues to care for her own

Keep it Bookmarked here, friends. This updated list of flood relief efforts (updated with over 20 new items, 9am, 6/12) continues to bring you the latest, as new good deeds and resources pop up and Texas begin to heal. Please share the love and spread the word.

River Road in Wimberley, along the now peaceful Blanco River (photo by Wendy Martinez)

As relief floods in, the situation on the ground all over Texas has shifted a bit. We've reorganized this page to keep you updated with the changes in information you need to either get or give assistance. We'd appreciate if you'd help us help our community: Please send notice of upcoming/ongoing relief fundraisers and resources to crisis@austinchronicle.com and we'll add it to the list as we can.

EVENTS, FUNDRAISERS, & ACTIONS

Metallica Download Donation All money raised from the sales of downloads of Metallica’s live show at the X Games will go to Central Texas Red Cross. Runs until July 15.
Rockin’ the Recovery Sat., June 20, at Old Glory Ranch in Wimberley featuring Sarah Jarosz, Shake Russell, and Kim Miller
#Austin4Wimberley Flood Benefit with Emily Robison Strayer (Dixie Chicks), Martin Strayer (Court Yard Hounds), Sahara Smith, Scooter Pierce, and more. Sat., June 20 at Sweetwater
Flood With Love Softball Tournament June 26 & 28 at Camp Comal Sports Complex in New Braunfels
It Takes a Village , Birthing, Babies, Parenting and More, Sat., June 27, 9am-2pm at BabyEarth store in Round Rock. 100% proceeds go to TX flood survivors
Local Musicians for Flood Relief June 27 at Sugar Shack Bakery in Wimberley
Flood Aid TX Concert with Ray Benson, Jack Ingram, and more. Sun., June 28 at Palmer Events Center
Heart for Hays Heroes Benefit Sat., July 11 at First Christian Church in San Marcos

Wimberley's beauty and beast all in one shot (photo by Dallen Terrell)

TO VOLUNTEER OR GIVE HELP

VolunteerTX.org Sign up; volunteer registration is now open.
• Donate $30 or more and receive a righteous Wimberley Strong flag with proceeds going to My Neighbor's Keeper
Central Texas Floods 2015 Helping Hands Facebook group aims to connect those who can help and those in need
Wimberley Fundraisers Facebook group lists all sorts of benefits and actions
• The Williamson County Animal Shelter
San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter
TX Comproller lists crisis resources
• The tiny town of Martindale really needs help
Barnabas Connection , which "provides direct assistance, sustainable resources and preventative care for low-income families in Wimberley and Hays County," kicks into overdrive during crisis
• Donate to the Red Cross
Wimberley Crisis Bread Basket
Hays County Food Bank
Capital Area Food Bank
Central Texas Flood Victims Direct Support
United Way
United Way Williamson County is taking the lead in helping so many small towns to the north, like Taylor, that were hit hard but have not been as much in the spotlight as other areas
Austin Disaster Relief Network Flood Assistance Hotline: 512/806-0800
Austin Pets Alive
• Sign up with the City of Austin to become a foster pet parent
ServeSanMarcos.org Email hayscoflood@co.hays.tx.us to volunteer or donate
• Help a Bobcat! Texas State has set up a donation page to help students and faculty affected by the flood.
• Multi-Agency Flood Victim Resource Centers are open in Wimberley, Blanco, and San Marcos. Link features great updates on giving guidelines.
• Butt kickers Team Rubicon have boots on the ground and could use your support
Favor delivery service offers a code, when applied, assists Austin Pets Alive flood relief efforts
Hays County Food Bank has a list of distribution points and hours

photo by Jana Birchum

FLOOD RELIEF COMMUNITY PAGES BY AREA

Austin Flood 2015 Relief
Bastrop Long Term Recovery Team, the folks who emerged to fill the gaps in the Bastrop fires recovery have rebooted for the floods and are back in biz
Blanco County Relief
Caldwell County Flood Relief 2015 page
Hays County Emergency Information Page
• The tiny town of Martindale has a Flood Relief Page
• There is now a Martindale Facebook Group
• City of San Marcos has a most excellent #SMTX Flood Resources Page
City of San Marcos' City Hall Facebook page is kicking butt with some great info on how to help
San Marcos Flood 2015 (Facebook log-in required.)
Wimberley Flood 2015 (Facebook log-in required.)
Wimberley Flood Information 2015

Clean up begins along Shoal Creek (photo by John Anderson)

FOR THOSE IN NEED OF AID OR ASSISTANCE

• Need help or services and don't know where to turn? Call 2-1-1
• Multi-Agency Flood Victim Resource Centers are open in Wimberley, Blanco, and San Marcos
• Enter your address at DisasterAssistance.gov to learn for what assistance you qualify
• Need furniture? Dianne Flack Furniture in San Marcos is giving away gently used pieces and helping broker donations from other furniture dealers
• Bulverde, check out Helping Hands From Texas
• San Marcos has two different places you can go to get your FEMA on (aka fill out forms if you are a homeowner, renter, or biz and sustained damage)
• Barbabas Connection has started and is soliciting info for a Flood Housing Information bank
• The Texas Dept. of Housing & Community Affairs offers a list of affordable apartments in your area
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Applications must be submitted by July 1, 2015
Barnabas Connection has much to offer folks affected in this disaster
Team Rubicon has hit CenTex for Operation: Double Trouble Texas
Central Texas Floods 2015 Helping Hands Facebook group aims to connect those who can help and those in need
UT-Austin's iSchool offers assistance and information in the rescue and preservation of precious print items, documents, and heirlooms.
• In fact, when the Wimberley Village Library no longer had space or capacity to handle many found photos, the UT iSchool took over the project at the Katherine Anne Porter School in Wimberley
Legal Aid
TXDOT is offering free replacement car seats to those affected
Wimberley Crisis Bread Basket
HEB's Mobile Kitchen and Disaster Relief Cleanup Kits have been dispatched across the region
Wimberley Valley Radio, KWVH
Tide Loads of Hope and Proctor & Gambles Comforts of Home disaster relief trucks are set up in San Marcos
Central Texas Medical Center is offering Free Tetanus shots for victims and relief workers at a variety of locations and times. No appointment necessary, call 512/754-2275 for details.
Blanco River Valley Restoration Project offers great cases for letting nature takes its course in flood recovery

CRISIS INFO FOR ALL AREAS

FEMA Help – 512/376-9461 And the declaration is official.
• The San Marcos Mercury is maintaining a List of Roads and Bridges Damaged or Destroyed by the Blanco River flood
• Don't be left in the dark. Sign up with the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) for Emergency Alerts to be delivered to any device
Central Texas Chapter of the American Red Cross
Red Cross's Safe & Well Registry to check on loved ones or to register yourself to assure loved ones searching for information on your safety
Texas Parks & Wildlife page recovery info
Texas State Emergency Info Page
Weather.com's page dedicated to this event
Texas Storm Chasers
ATX Floods Low-water crossing live status updates
LCRA's River Operations Report: great stats for nerds who keep up with that sort of thing

Check back here for more updates as news develops.

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