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One month after flooding damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes in Central Texas, a benefit concert is underway to spotlight the victims who are still struggling to recover.
These type of events have helped the Austin Relief Alliance raise over $100 thousand for flood victims so far.

John Santos says his family is fortunate, others lost everything.
At a time like this, he wants his children to know the meaning of giving back and supporting those in need.
"It's an important lesson, not just talking but showing them. There's other things to do but coming out and walking the walk and getting them involved, I think it's a really important message for our kids," says John Santos, benefit concert attendee.
After the devastating floods, there was a need for a more organized effort in raising funds.
That's when the Austin Relief Alliance was formed.
By holding events like this and help from the community, their goal is to raise $250 thousand.
"We're talking about literally buying out the homes and letting those folks move to a neighborhood that's out of the floodplain, and safer. We're talking about over 60 million dollars. That's what we're talking about in terms of need," says Councilman Mike Martinez, City of Austin.
Dozens of businesses and people have generously donated their time to make this all possible.
Paul Mitchell the School was giving haircuts and styles on-site, with all of the proceeds going to  flood victims.
"The community always supports us as a business, Paul Mitchell the School and New Talent Focus Salon. When our community is hurting and in need, we want to be able to give back to our community," says Laura Valdez, Paul Mitchell the School, owner.
Over one thousand homes were affected by the floods, 434 of them were in Dove Springs.
The neighborhood knows it will be a long road to recovery.   
"Some people need sheet-rock, some need insulation, some need paint, some need tile, some need doors and hinges. All the doors in the houses were thrown out. So all the stoves, all that stuff was discarded. As soon as houses start getting back together, we're going to have a new need," says Edward Reyes, Dove Springs Neighborhood Association, president.
That's where funding will be used to get them back on their feet.

The event lasts until 9 o'clock Sunday and it's $5 for entry.
Some of proceeds will be distributed to other non-profits who are helping in the effort, like Habitat for Humanity, and the rest will go directly to the victims.

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