Over the last month, more rain has fallen on the state of Texas than the state received in all of 2014. So much rain has fallen that it could cover the entire state with eight inches of water, according to meteorologists. This much water has led the federal government to issue a disaster declaration for three Texas counties—Harris, Hays, and Van Zandt—in the southern part of Texas earlier this week. Faced with historic flooding, an estimated 1,000 people in Hays County are displaced, with 400 homes destroyed and hundreds more damaged. Rescue teams across the state are springing into action to help families who have had their lives washed away by the torrential storms over the last few weeks.
With the first sign of clear skies breaking through this weekend, Pizza Hut Heart of Texas franchise joined in to give a helping hand to first responders hard at work cleaning up San Marcos. The team delivered 20 pizzas to rescue crews of police officers, the fire department, and EMS workers that continued to search for missing people. They also supported local volunteer youth ministries with 55 pizzas to those living in shelters and the volunteers supporting them, and with 60 pizzas to the cleanup crews working with the San Marcos Volunteer Reception Center.
The San Marcos store is continuing this week to allow ministry and volunteer groups to stop by and use the restaurant as a coordination point while planning the logistics of providing ongoing help to the community. There are still many people without homes taking refuge in shelters across the county, and Delaney Stout, our contact with the Heart of Texas Franchise, reports that donations from local businesses continue to arrive for those in need. The team plans to spend some time next weekend volunteering at one of the church shelters, and is keeping their doors open for anyone needing a rest, bathroom, or place to eat.