In September of 2019 Tropical Storm Imelda made landfall along the coast of southeast Texas. As the fifth-wettest tropical cyclone on record in the continental United States, it caused devastating and record-breaking floods. It brought with it heavy rain and dangerous flooding to parts of southeastern Texas (especially the cities of Galveston and Beaumont) as its progress gradually slowed over land these areas became overwhelmed by the rainfall, with some areas experiencing over 43 inches of rain.
Minuteman Disaster Response (MDR) established a self-sufficient base camp (featuring a fully equipped command center trailer, sleeping trailer, and shower/bathroom trailer) in Beaumont, TX to coordinate the volunteers involved in their relief work after the storm. The team assembled volunteers from across Texas and Oklahoma to work in the flooded region.
A portion of the 140 person Relief Team from Minuteman Disaster Response assisted homeowners in the local community doing muck-out (clean-up) of homes and making their resources available to local officials. The experienced, trained, and well-equipped team was able to provide much needed assistance to the residents of the region.
During the deployment in Beaumont, Eric Burkes (Director of Operations for MDR) who led the efforts in Beaumont said, “In the short time we have been here, we have assisted more than a dozen families to complete the muck-out process in the Beaumont area. Our team has removed countless wheelbarrow loads of wet flooring, drywall, and personal belongings to allow the drying out process to begin.”