Volunteers were preparing to feed lunch to people at the First Baptist Church of Marble Falls flood shelter. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro
OCT. 18: INFORMATION BELOW HAS BEEN UPDATED.
STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO
People can always count on Highland Lakes residents to pitch in when times are tough, and the recent destructive flooding is one of those times.
Emergency Operations Center for the city of Marble Falls and Burnet County joined together to collect donations to help residents affected by the floods get much-needed supplies to clean up their properties and stay healthy.
People began donating sports drinks and water at First United Methodist Church of Marble Falls, 1101 Bluebonnet Drive, on Oct. 17.
Kevin Naumann, operations director of the Marble Falls Area EMS, requested people drop off cases of bottled water in individual servings instead of the gallon jugs.
• cleaning items such as gloves, bleach, laundry detergent, utility rags, paper towels, wipes, and hand sanitizer;
• tools such as shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, large fans, work gloves, buckets, and sorting bins;
• commercial-size garbage bags
• gift cards from home improvement stores in Marble Falls.
The EOC also asks that people NOT donate used clothing or furniture.
Lake Shores Church, 700 U.S. 281 in Marble Falls, (830) 637-7066, is only accepting water/sports drinks in its parking lot.
For more information about drop-off times, contact the above churches.
An online Amazon Wish List for purchases supporting Burnet County flood relief has been set up.
First Baptist Church of Marble Falls, 901 La Ventana Drive, (830) 693-4381, is the central location for volunteers, clean-up crews, and people needing help. Contact the church for more information.
The local Ministerial Alliance was assisting the EOC in organizing clean-up crews and sending them out to locations, Naumann said.
“We’re making a list,” he said. “The EOC of Marble Falls intended to help the entire Burnet County region affected by the event. We’re starting with Marble Falls and reaching out to the other areas as well.”
The shelter at First Baptist Church of Marble Falls, which served about 72 people throughout the day and night Oct. 16, is the only one open in the city and was expected to remain open through Saturday as needed, Naumann said. The Red Cross dropped off cots and supplies for the night. Residents and local eateries have donated salads, sandwiches, chips, water, pasta, barbecue, chicken, and other food.
“We’re watching weather patterns, and we have the ability to stay as long as we need to,” Naumann said. “We want people to bring items on the list.”