FROM STAFF REPORTS
AUSTIN — The Home Builders Association of Greater Austin has established a fund to help flood victims in Blanco, Hays and Travis counties recover from the devastation.
The association is hosting town hall meetings in Wimberley this weekend and next week to discuss the financial assistance programs and other resources available through state agencies and nonprofit groups. Information will also be available on practical preparation for rebuilding destroyed homes and businesses.
The meetings will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 18 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 at the Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Road 12.
“As home builders, we have the knowledge and skill to help these folks rebuild their homes and their lives. As an association, we also have the ability to come together collectively to raise the funds needed to push this effort forward,” said Brookfield Residential development manager Walt Elias, the homebuilder association’s board president.
The recovery fund is being administered by the Texas Builder’s Foundation, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Association of Texas Builders. Tax deductible donations can be made to “Blanco, Hays and Travis County, Texas Flood Relief Fund.”
One hundred percent of donations to the flood recovery fund will be employed to benefit local residents, said Naomi Bloodworth, the homebuilders association’s spokesperson. On Wednesday, Bloodworth said she did not know how much money has been raised to-date.
In Hays County, which bore the brunt of the extraordinary Memorial Day weekend flood, 326 homes were destroyed and another 1,242 were damaged. One person died in Blanco County and 11 died in Hays County, including 4- an 6-year-old children whose bodies have not been found.