TBM volunteers offer disaster relief in East Texas and Louisiana

Texas Baptist Men volunteers worked on a mud-out job in San Marcos after floods last year. A similar mud-out team is at work in the Kilgore area, and additional volunteers may be dispatched in the near future. (File Photo / Ken Camp)

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KILGORE—Texas Baptist Men dispatched volunteers to East Texas and Louisiana to provide disaster relief after drenching rain flooded low-lying areas.

TBM volunteers began serving March 12 in Kilgore to assess needs in various areas and coordinate response.

A mud-out team went to work in the area almost immediately, shoveling mud from homes, ripping out soaked flooring and damaged drywall, and then power-washing and disinfecting surfaces. An emergency food-service team also served in Kilgore.

TBM dispatched a shower rig to Starks, La., about 30 miles northeast of Beaumont, to support disaster relief efforts there.

In Southeast Texas, TBM mobilized mud-out teams, box-distribution volunteers and an incident management team to serve in Orange, in the Golden Triangle area, but deployment was delayed until the water receded.

TBM sent an emergency food-service mobile unit and volunteers to the Orange County Emergency Operations Center, to prepare meals for first responders, volunteers and others.

A TBM mud-out crew also worked in Bon Weir, a community about 50 miles north of Orange.

To contribute to TBM disaster relief, click here or send a check designated “disaster relief” to Texas Baptist Men, 5351 Catron, Dallas 75227.

This article originally was posted March 14 and updated March 16. Check www.baptiststandard.com for additional information as it becomes available.

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