TBM disaster relief teams on alert, preparing for Edouard

Less than two weeks after responding to Hurricane Dolly in South Texas, Texas Baptist Men disaster relief volunteers were placed on “alert status” Aug. 4 in anticipation of Tropical Storm Edouard growing to near hurricane strength as it made its way toward the Texas Gulf coast.

The tropical storm formed in the Gulf of Mexico Aug. 3, and forecasters expected the storm to produce high winds and several inches of rain in Southeast Texas. Warnings were in effect from Port O’Connor to Beaumont, and storm trackers expected the storm to make landfall south of Houston around 2 a.m. Aug. 5.

The Texas Baptist Men East Texas mobile disaster relief unit from Gregg Baptist Association was staging in Longview, with tentative plans to be deployed to the Conroe area. The South Texas unit in Corpus Christi was prepared to move to Humble.

The mobile disaster relief unit from Bluebonnet Baptist Association also was prepared for deployment to an undetermined location.

Earlier, Texas Baptist Men volunteers prepared more than 287,000 meals for South Texas residents affected by Hurricane Dolly. They also made available shower and laundry services for storm victims, and TBM activated disaster recovery volunteers to help with mud-out and repair services in the Rio Grande Valley.

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