Hurricane Harvey Aftermath: Continuing Coverage

Lots of Questions Still Remain for Flood Victims After Latest Meeting

The La Grange Area Disaster Recovery Team held a community meeting at Randolph Recreation Center on Thursday night, Oct. 5. 

The organization formed in the days following the Hurricane Harvey flood in August with the goal of helping flood victims rebuild their homes. They obtained 501(c)3 non-profit status on Sept. 28.

An estimated 200 people attended the Thursday meeting. LGADRT president Joy Cameron presented a plan that called for first removing all debris from Country Way Village. 

“We’re going to try to put together a program with the management company (RV Horizons) … to get the mobile home parks cleaned up,” Cameron said. 

She said RV Horizons has trailers available to move into the park once the debris is removed. Flood victims could purchase the trailers or rent them for temporary housing, Cameron said.

“If you don’t want to go back, it may be a very long wait before other kinds of housing are available,” Cameron told the crowd. “Your benefits are going to run out before those other homes become available.”

Frustrations arose as some residents said they do not want to move back into the parks, even temporarily.

“How can you do that?” one of the audience members asked.

“Because we have no other place to put them,” Cameron said.

“Find something,” said another audience member.

“We’re volunteers, we don’t have to do this,” Cameron said.

Rev. Matthew Kinney of Sacred Heart Catholic Church interrupted the dialog at that point.

“There is going to be more than one way to rebuild,” Kinney said. “We want to be able to pursue multiple different ways. One of the things that has to happen is cleaning out the trailer parks. We need to be able to clean that out and give people options.”


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