Wichita Falls Area Disaster Recovery: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Wichita Falls Area Disaster Recovery: Neighbors Helping Neighbors
WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ)- Some Texomans are still facing the aftermath of the May flood nearly nine months later.

Nearly 170 houses were affected by the floods, and many homeowners were unable to get their houses repaired due to the lack of insurance and minimum to no help from the government.

Wichita Falls Area Disaster Recovery is stepping up with the help of Catholic Charities Fort Worth to get these residents back on their feet.

            “This is a great opportunity for us to bring back the fact that there are still people that are dealing with the after effects of the flooding,” said Laura Sotelo Senior Director of the Northwest Campus Catholic Charities of Fort Worth.

The group consists of community leaders, volunteers and churches and was formed to help people during the recovery process.

            “We're activated whenever there is a declaration of disaster by the governor,” said Jean Payne community volunteer.

The committee then gathers resources and then determines who needs help by looking through the list of those who applied for FEMA assistance.

The disaster recovery committee is still working with families, many who need new floors, roofs, walls and drainage systems repaired. 

Disaster officials said the biggest problem is mold.

            “Wet sheetrock and wet flooring isn't taken up immediately then mold sets in and even after it dries the mold continues to grow,” said Payne.

The Wichita Falls Area Disaster Recovery gets all of its funding from the community by private donations, churches and civic organizations.

Although with more flood damages to repair, the committee needs to replenish its funds.

            “It's all local money and so that's what we're looking for right now, is to be able to finish up and completely repair the rest of the homes,” said Payne.
The Wichita Falls Area Disaster Recovery has worked with more than 30 families and hopes to be wrapping up the repairs by the end of April.

 If you are interested in volunteering or donating to the Wichita Falls Area Disaster Recovery visit their website at Wichita Falls Area Disaster Recovery or send your donation to the address below. 

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Interfaith Ministries, Inc.

1006 11th St.

Wichita Falls, Texas 76301

Designate: Disaster Recovery

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