Dallas, Texas (October 22, 2018) – After almost two weeks of sustained heavy rainfall much of Central Texas has experienced historic flooding. The Salvation Army has continued to monitor the situation closely and over the weekend moved staff and resources into the area to provide support to affected communities.
A tractor trailer loaded with 360 cleanup kits and another containing 24 pallets of water left The Salvation Army disaster warehouse in Arlington on Thursday headed for Marble Falls, located in the heart of Central Texas. Neighboring communities, Llano and Kingsland, also experienced significant flooding from the torrential rains that followed the wettest September on record in Texas. A mobile kitchen and crew has been deployed to provide hot food in the area to those in need.
“Despite the fact that many of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services staff and direct response teams are still working in Florida after Hurricane Michael, we have mobilized trained staff and volunteers to help those affected by the flooding in Central Texas,” said Captain Jeremy Walker, Salvation Army Officer and Incident Commander. “The Salvation Army has set up a laundry trailer in Kingsland where residents can wash and dry their clothes. We are also providing cleanup kits, water, air mattresses and emergency financial assistance in Kingsland and Llano.”
A Multi Agency Resource Center (MARC) is open at the Llano Events Center on Monday and Tuesday (8 AM-8 PM) where residents can meet with The Salvation Army representatives and receive help and referrals. On Wednesday and Thursday, a MARC providing similar services will open at the Kingsland Community Center (8 AM-8 PM).
“The current relief effort in Central Texas highlights the important role of trained disaster workers,” said Captain Walker. “Our Service Unit staff and volunteers, who have already completed The Salvation Army disaster training, responded to our call for assistance and were ready to get to work helping their neighbors and communities.”
For more information on The Salvation Army’s current disaster response efforts or to donate please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.