Local nonprofits prepared for possible floods
As the Valley anticipates more rain this week, we think back about the flooding in June.
Nonprofits in the area say they are prepared in case the Valley sees another flood event in June.
From big nonprofits to small nonprofits, everyone in the Valley came together this past June.
"As the South Texas floods happened, we had over 250 volunteers not from the state of Texas to help out our Texans," said Danella Hughes, executive director for the American Red Cross of South Texas.
Hughes says her team was on the ground for 37 days helping the June floods.
"We served over 30,000 meals, 3,000 nights in shelters we had about 25,000 distribution items," said Hughes.
Hughes says depending on what is happening around the country at the time, resources shift—as 90 percent of their workforce are volunteers.
"Our volunteers come from all over the country to make sure they serve the people most in need," said Hughes.
Wayne Lowry, executive director for Habitat for Humanity says after a disaster, it’s difficult to recuperate funds.
"Initially a lot of people, they pour themselves into the project, they are touched at their heart level at their emotional level and they want to give," Lowry said. "As time passes, it's harder for people to remember the suffering that was going on back in June."
Lowry says they have raised more $350,000 to restore more than 100 homes affected by the June floods, and will continue to use that money to help those in need.
As the Valley prepares for more rain this week, Hughes says the Valley is ready to help out the community in case disaster strikes again.