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Volunteers Help Flood Victims Clean Up Homes In Fort Bend County

Both local and out-of-state groups are deployed throughout Southeast Texas.

A volunteer working with the group Operation Blessing helps clean up a Rosenberg home located close to the Brazos River that got flooded.
A volunteer working with the group Operation Blessing helps clean up a flooded Rosenberg home located close to the Brazos River.

The recovery process after the recent extensive flooding continues in southeast Texas and the work of volunteers in Fort Bend County is making a difference.

Operation Blessing, a disaster relief group based in Virginia, is working in the Rosenberg area.

“What we are focusing on here, in Rosenberg and Richmond, is basically gutting out homes,” explains Dan Moore, one of the group’s directors.

“We’re trying to get all the sheet rock, furniture that’s been flooded, flooring, mattresses that have been saturated, anything that’s been damaged,” Moore adds.

Guadalupe Mendoza’s home is one of the properties the crew is cleaning up.

Mendoza’s house is located just a few hundred feet from the Brazos River and the water got as high as four feet inside.

The smell of mold is very strong and every member of the crew wears protection masks.

Using hammers and other tools, they rip out sheet rock and clean up as efficiently as possible.

“We’re taking up all the wet insulation, I mean, dry wall and insulation that are in these walls, so that the mold will stop being able to grow and they can start the cleaning process,” notes Joshua Deuble, who coordinates the crew’s work.

Nicole Spencer, a 25-year-old volunteer from California, explains the experience is rewarding, “just by knowing that I helped someone else and kind of brighten their day in some way or another.”

Mendoza, who is 68 years old, says the Operation Blessing crew is making a difference in a time of his life when he is trying to recover from a devastating experience.

“If it wasn’t for these people, I don’t know what I would do,” Mendoza said.

Besides Operation Blessing, there are other groups, such as the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, that have also deployed volunteers in the area to help clean up.

Fort Bend County officials say approximately 4,000 residents have seen their homes flooded.

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