Food For Families - Part 2

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

When Hurricane Ike took its toll on the Brazos Valley, one of the hardest hit areas during the storm was Madison County.

Just days after Hurricane Gustav forced hundreds of evacuees towards Madisonville, the city was already low on supplies. Then with Ike battering away at the Gulf Coast, the electricity went out.

"The majority of area was out of electricity for about four days, the worst case scenario was about two weeks," said Madison County Emergency Manager Shelly Butts. " We weren't ready for that, none of us were ready for that. Pretty much good basic emergency preparedness has you plan for three days and we had done that. But after extending ourselves and helping with Gustav, our resources were really tapped by that time."

Bryan/College Station missed the brunt of Ike's fury and when the call for help was made, the Brazos Food Bank answered.

"The Salvation Army locally stepped up immediately and they were able to make contact with the Brazos food bank. The food bank just bent over backwards to make a good experience for us." said Butts.

Food brought to the area didn't just help the citizens of Madison County but also the responders and volunteers. It was a short but long ordeal for the city and now that all the damage has been repaired, they're ready to help out any way they can.

"We take for granted sometimes what we have and how much we have especially after you look at the Thanksgiving meals we just had. There's people out there that just need something to get them by. And even though there are programs that help them twice a year or quarterly, sometimes it's just the day to day things that we need to provide for those people." said Butts.


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