Fort Bend County Flood Victims Get Help With Transportation

Some people are still out of their homes after the May floods on the Brazos River. But a free bus service is helping them get around while they work to recover.

That high water on the Brazos River has come and gone. But Paulette Shelton with Fort Bend County Transit says a lot of folks are still struggling.

Some flood victims are still living in hotels while others are staying with friends and family. And Shelton adds it isn't easy.

"You don't have your things," says Shelton. "You don't have your space. In some cases individuals lost their vehicles and other things."

To help people get back on their feet, Fort Bend Transit has decided to extend its free bus service in Richmond and Rosenberg. The bus runs Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Shelton says riders can catch it at five different locations.

"And for individuals who aren't able to do that or for stops they need to go to along the way, we will deviate off to a quarter of a mile to drop someone off or pick them up," explains Shelton.

Officials say the free route is temporary and they'll discontinue the service once residents no longer need it. Fort Bend Transit already operates regular bus service for the two communities.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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