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Austin flood victims say 'thank you' to volunteers

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Volunteers came from near and far this weekend...all to give any help they can to the people of Austin in their time of need.

Complete with a big sign and a little soothing live guitar music, flood victims Aly Lozano and her mom Sandra have a message for their knights in shining armor -- "Thank you."

"We don't have money, we don't have much but...all we can and will say is 'Thank you,'" Lozano said.

Lozano says she and her mom along with their 5 dogs survived the flood but, like many others, everything they owned was destroyed.

"Everything that you worked up all your life for...now gone...it's gone," Lozano said.

The Onion Creek Plantation Neighborhood Watch group and the Dove Springs Neighborhood Association had posts set up for supplies, water and to point volunteers in the right direction.

"We have 49 homes here.  We've knocked on every single door and offered our assistance," said Sara Torres with Onion Creek Plantation.

"If you can't do any heavy lifting, come out here, get somebody a cup of coffee.  Come out here and hand out some cleaning material, or maybe you just want to walk around and give some hugs.  You know, that's a good thing out here," said George Morales, Dove Springs volunteer and Deputy at the Precinct 2 Constable's office.

Jay Kent and Scott Roberts with "Mormon Helping Hands" came from San Antonio to help.

"It's a wonderful opportunity.  You know, I've had an opportunity to help in Katrina and Rita and a whole bunch of other areas and it feels good to be able to serve," Kent said.

Allen Teague volunteers for the Austin Disaster Relief network, an organization he first joined because of a flier he saw at his church.

"I think Jesus would want me to do it.  And these people need compassion and as much help as they can get, they lost everything," Teague said.

The large group of volunteers looked on as trash they had been cleaning up for hours was hauled away.

"This particular house, everything washed up in the backyard and everything was flooded out.  So we just moved everything to the front so the owners could actually go through and see if there's anything that they could salvage," Teague said.

A couple of blocks away, the First Independent Baptist Church on Bluff Springs suffered major damage in the flood.

David Stone, who doesn't even live in Austin decided to set up shop at the church and provide some free food for church-goers, flood victims and any volunteers helping out with neighborhood cleanup.

"All the donations that they have received, they've given back to the community.  So this is just our way of telling them 'thank you' for the hard work they do, giving them a hot meal and hopefully make a few people's days a little better," Stone said.

For more information on the 115 properties the city plans to buyout, visit www.atxfloods.com/buyout

 

 

 

 

 

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