Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief working to get teams to Texas

Hurricane Beryl making landfall on the Texas coast

Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief teams are preparing to leave Thursday morning (July 11) for Huffman, Texas, to help with cleanup from Hurricane Beryl, which made landfall in Texas early yesterday (July 8).

As it moved inland, Beryl dumped massive amounts of rain and toppled trees, killing three people and leaving millions without power. On Monday night, it weakened from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm and later a tropical depression but has continued to spew tornados along its path.

Mark Wakefield, state disaster relief strategist, said the Huffman community just northeast of Houston has a lot of trees down. He’s working to assemble chainsaw crews to head out on Thursday. Admin and feeding teams are already set to go, he said.

“Our volunteer leaders — those folks are top notch because they’re ready at a drop of a hat to get volunteers mobilized and out there,” he said. “Our folks love to help.”

‘Stretched thin’

Wakefield said disaster relief leaders in Texas told him that teams “west of the Mississippi” were stretched thin helping with the wildfires and flash floods in New Mexico in addition to Beryl relief.

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