Nearly everyone from Gatesville and the Copperas Cove area pitched in to help the evacuees from Hurricane Harvey, according to Coryell County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Harrell.
And it was all from volunteers who just wanted to help.
Harrell outlined some of the activities from last week during the county’s meeting Tuesday.
“I can’t say enough about the Tri Rivers Baptist Area organization and the people of this area,” Harrell said. “It was phenomenal.”
Harrell said Tri Rivers provided housing for about 75 evacuees in the area. They also provided meals for a couple of days.
Harrell said a Community Emergency Response Team from the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office spent four days in lower East Texas rescuing hurricane victims via boat.
“We estimated 300 people were pulled out of floodwaters by CERT members,” Harrell said. “The group was at a number of locations.”
Community members also helped, taking donations to a central location in Gatesville.
Harrell said four loads of items were donated to Baston, New Caney, Mategorda County and Cleveland.
EMS members also checked medical subscriptions for evacuees, a nurse volunteered to check victims, and a total of 10 students were taken in by Copperas Cove and Gatesville schools.
Richard Ray, Tri Rivers director of missions, said the organization is a group of about 80 churches in Coryell, Lampasas, Hamilton and Erath counties that “work together for the glory of the Lord.”
The group is currently in Rockport —— where the eye of Hurricane Harvey hit —— with their mobile laundry. They have been in the area for five days and plan to stay in the area for about another week.
“We have three washers, three dryers and a generator,” Ray said Tuesday. “People bring their laundry and we return it clean.”
Group members include Ray, Ministry Assistant Leah Spence, Josalyne Ray, Monica Ray, Shelby Smith, Ashlyn Spence and Kate Linn Spence.