Central Texas flood recovery efforts

Central Texas flood recovery efforts

Central Texas flood recovery efforts


by KVUE.com


Posted on October 31, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 4:04 PM

RED CROSS OF CENTRAL TEXAS -- The American Red Cross of Central Texas  Friday (11/15) closed the shelter at the Dove Springs Recreation Center in Southeast Austin. As the shelter population decreased over the past week, the Red Cross worked closely with its partners, including city agencies and non-government organizations, to transition families to alternate housing so they can begin the recovery process.


A Red Cross shelter in Southeast Austin will remain on standby throughout the weekend, as hotel availability remains limited due to major tourist events taking place in Austin. Anyone who has been affected by the recent floods in Central Texas and is in need of shelter is encouraged to call the local Red Cross chapter at 512-928-4271 or visit redcross.org/Austin.


To make an online donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief, go here. You can also donate by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

To donate directly to those affected by the flood, you can send a donation to the Central Texas chapter of the Red Cross.

Other relief efforts include:


Austin Disaster Relief Network -- ADRN is organizing clean-up volunteers to help clean homes in affected areas. Go here for more information or to donate to their efforts.

Flood survivors can call: 512-331-2600

ADRN has partnered with Christian Compassion Center and opened a warehouse to receive donations for flood survivors. The warehouse is located at Oak Meadows Baptist Church at located at 6905 S. IH-35 Frontage Rd., 78744. Hours are: Monday (11/4) through Thursday (11/7), 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

They are accepting gift cards (Walmart & HEB), furniture, household items, water, non-perishable food items, toiletries, baby items, and toys. Clean up supplies are also greatly needed including flat shovels, sheet rock, face masks, leather gloves, box cutters, utility knives, hammers, safety goggles, heavy-duty trash bags, trash cans, and bleach. Clothes are no longer needed.

Many residents’ tools and supplies needed to clean-up their property have washed away in the torrential floods. They are in desperate need of:

  • Flat shovels
  • Sheet rock
  • Face masks (N-95)
  • Leather gloves
  • Box cutters
  • Hammers
  • Safety goggle
  • Heavy-duty trash bags
  • Trash cans

Austinites can sign up to volunteer here, or call 512-331-2600 for more general information about volunteering needs. 

ADRN continues to have a significant need for financial donations. To make a tax-deductible gift to the Central Texas Floods Relief Fund, go here.

If mailing a donation, please send to:

Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN)

PO Box 3817, Cedar Park, TX 78630

Attn: Central TX Flood Relief Fund 

City of Austin -- The city says donations are being accepted at:

  • First Independent Baptist Church located at 8401 Bluff Springs. It is open Monday-Friday through November 15th from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. It is accepting non-perishable food; clothing and clean-up supplies, but not accepting clean-up tools such as shovels.
  • Saint Vincent de Paul, 1327 S. Congress Ave., is accepting clothing, food, household items and most flood relief items. They can be reached at (512) 442-5652.
  • Caritas of Austin, 611 Neches St., is accepting household items only. They can be reached at (512) 479-4610.

**As of Nov. 11, donations are no longer being accepted at the Dove Springs Recreation Center. It is at capacity.

Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services -- They are providing services and referrals to local organizations for basic needs, housing services, food resources and flood assistance. Austin/Travis County Integral Care has a hotline as an additional support 512-472-HELP (4357).

Texas Builders Foundation -- Donations to the Austin-Travis County Flood Relief Fund through the Texas Builders Foundation will assist those who were affected by the flood to rebuild their homes and their lives. Donations will be used to help families purchase building materials and other goods that are necessary to help them recover from the disaster. Go here to donate online.

If you wish to donate by mail:

Texas Builders Foundation

ATTN: Austin-Travis County Flood Relief Fund

313 East 12th Street, Suite 210

Austin, TX 78701

**include "ATC Flood Fund" in memo area of check

If you have questions about the fund, call Lorraine Urey at 512-476-6346 or email Lorraine@TexasBuilders.org.

If you have questions about the building or remodeling process, or if you have questions about hiring a contractor, contact Steve Emshoff at the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin at 512-454-5588 ext. 105 or Steve@HBAAustin.com.

Salvation Army -- The Salvation Army is providing meals and hydration for first responders and flood survivors out of their canteen (kitchen food and water truck).

Financial donations can be made online by clicking here or via text message by sending HELPAUSTINAREA to 41444 and including your name and the amount you would like to donate.

To send in donations by mail, send a check to:
The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 1000
Austin, TX 78767

United Way -- United Way is accepting monetary donations at (512) 472-6267 or text UWATX to 85944 or contribute online at www.uwatx.org/flood.


Celebration Church -- If you would like information on how you can help, email serve@celebrationchurchtx.com. Or, go here to donate online.


Several organizations have pledged their support for Hays County flood victims, including the Red Cross; Barnabas Connection; Hays County Food Bank; Women, Infants and Children (WIC); the Salvation Army; Texas A&M AgriLife Extension; United Methodist Church Disaster Services and Wimberly Intercommunity Network.

For a full list of contact information and flood assistance resources for those affected in Hays County, go here.


Central Texas Fires.org is accepting donations in Round Rock at the Central Texas Harley-Davidson store located at 2801 N Interstate 35, Round Rock, Texas 78664.

They are asking for the following items: toiletries, bedding, non-perishables, shovels, cleaning supplies, diapers, baby wipes, trash bags, pet supplies, water, Gatorade, baby food of all kinds, cooking supplies like a electric skillet and crock pots, all food, fruit bars, bread, peanut butter, new under clothes, new clothes for all sizes of children, clothes and coats and hats of all ages and sizes, and toys for kids all ages.

Go here for more information.

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