Rio Texas Annual Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Gene Hileman, met via conference call with district disaster coordinators, pastors, and District Superintendents from areas damaged by recent storms on Saturday, Oct. 31. Members of the Rio Texas Mission Vitality Center also joined the call. Response plans were made accordingly.
In the Capital District, the Onion Creek area was hit the hardest. Flood buckets, stored in the Bishop Jóel and Dr. Raquel Martinez Disaster Response Center Warehouse in Kerrville, have been delivered to Oak Hill United Methodist Church in Austin. These supplies will then be delivered to Onion Creek. Meanwhile, Oak Hill is gathering response teams while Dripping Spring United Methodist Church has teams awaiting assignments.
Flooding is widespread in the Hill Country District. Buda, Kyle, San Marcos, Wimberley and New Braunfels have all experienced flooding. Flood buckets have been delivered to the area. The small community of D'Hanis (outside of Hondo, TX) experienced damage from a possible tornado that touched down there early Friday morning. Most of the damage was confined to businesses in the downtown area.
The Crossroads District continues to evaluate the situation in Martindale, an area that was heavily damaged by the Memorial Day flooding. One member of First United Methodist Church, Seguin had their home destroyed by the storm.
In the Las Misiones district, there was extensive damage from the tornado that touched down in Floresville. According to Peter Aguilar, Pastor of Floresville United Methodist Church, “cleanup began immediately.” Authorities in Floresville were able to lift the nighttime curfew in time for Halloween trick-or-treating.
The Coastal Bend district did not see much damage from this storm system. However, they are still working on long-term recovery efforts from the May flooding.
In the El Valle District, damage was confined mostly to the Weslaco area. There is a shelter open at Weslaco First Baptist Church. There is damage from flooding due to a previous storm event earlier this year. While things are in motion for long-term relief, some families are still in need of early response teams.
Your help is needed. At this point disaster response coordinators are asking help from trained ERT teams and individuals.
Only trained ERT Team Members with current background checks (up to five years) will be accepted.