Recent weather has brought destruction to one small Central Texas town but residents have a plan to do something about it. A surge of Father’s Day storms as well as recent rains and thunderstorms have wrecked havoc on the city of Copperas Cove, Texas located in Coryell County. Many homes were destroyed or damaged by the tornado, high winds and also severe flooding. With meteorologists reporting the rain is not yet over, the town is faced with a mess to clean up.
In addition to structural damage, the people of Copperas Cove have taken a large emotional hit. Many of the people in the community affected by this disaster can not afford out-of-pocket expenses for repairs. Many are elderly, disabled, single parents or wives of Fort Hood soldiers whose husbands are deployed. In addition to immediate damages, there are also long-term damages that can result from this sort of flooding, such as mold and mildew, foundation damage and more. Each and every home that has been flooded will need to be repaired, renovated and dried out.
Walls will need to dry, Sheetrock will need replaced and carpets need to be properly dried or replaced to avoid severe respiratory problems that can come later as a result of mold and mildew. Homeowners in the area are being warned to check their homes very carefully for water damage that can result in mold. These are some of the very problems that “Coveites Unite” are trying to help with.
City officials are working in a joint effort with federal aid to clean the city up as quickly and efficiently as possible but all this damage will take a long time to sort out. Local volunteers have decided to step in and do their part to help the community recover. “Coveites Unite” is one such volunteer organization.
The organization is working to help other local agencies and efforts to restore the homes of flood victims in the area to their proper living conditions. The organization needs the help of volunteers with experience in wallboard installation, painting or mud work and generally anyone who wants to lend a hand.
The Texas Homebuilders Association along with local businesses have helped by donating many supplies such as Sheetrock. Now they just need people to help install. They are also still seeking more donations of flooring materials, paint and other supplies and of course, monetary contributions are always helpful. It will take hard work, one house at a time but with neighbors helping neighbors, this Central Texas community will rebuild.
For more information on “Coveites Unite” and how you can help, contact Kelly Dix at (254) 547-4221, ext. 224.
Anyone suffering from emotional strain due to the floods and tornado is encouraged to contact the 24-hour Impact Crisis Hotline at 1-800-888-4036.
Citizens affected by this disaster can contact the Central Fire Station to pick up a clean up and comfort kit (donated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah) and to file a report on their damages. You may call the Office of Emergency Management at 547-2514 if you are unable to make it to the station.
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