Austin area volunteers assist West residents

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by KVUE News

kvue.com

Posted on April 21, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 22 at 9:45 AM

WEST, Texas -- Camera crews were finally allowed to capture the devastation Sunday from the ground level, four days after the explosion at the West Fertilizer Company.

Residents in two out of three zones have been allowed back inside their homes. There's a curfew from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. for people in those zones. There are still numerous issues residents must deal with, and volunteers from the Austin area are there trying to help them figure it all out.

Susan Martin is with the Austin Disaster Relief Network. Volunteers from more than 100 Austin area churches are in West to help people through this crisis.

"They are tormented, they saw horrible things here, horrible pictures are in their mind," Martin said.

ADRN is set up with the Red Cross at the Knights of Columbus Hall. West resident Joe King came for help.

"We talked about everything. The kids are going to have to be going to a different school, they helped us out with a Walmart card to get some gas cause we are going to have to be taking the kids to a different school," King said.

While he didn't lose his home, his girlfriend lost her job. He also knew many of the 14 people killed. Twelve were first responders.

"I need all the advice I can get," said King.

Executive director for ADRN Daniel Geraci says just "talking it through" can help victims begin to move forward. 

For other ways to help residents of West, click here.

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