Just about every standing building in the small, coastal town of Refugio, TX suffered some sort of damage–if not total destruction–from Hurricane Harvey on August 2017.
Thankfully, the only thing that wasn’t lost was human lives.
Stan Sherwood, who has been deployed at multiple different sites as a Minuteman Disaster Response volunteer, said the damage in Refugio was comparable to the damage that is left by a tornado; except tornadoes generally leave a path of destruction. Harvey destroyed the entire town.
“We got a list of the first responders,” Sherwood said. “We always want to help them first because they need to be out helping others. We worked to get their homes stabilized so they didn’t have to worry as much about their family. We let them use our trailer (which has six restrooms with showers and toilet facilities) so they could shower, or got trees out of their driveway so they could get their cars out. Just whatever we could do to help them.
Sherwood said they had about 150 people taking showers in the trailers per day. A lot of the first responders didn’t have a place to stay, so they slept in their cars at night and use the showers and restroom facilities that were provided.
Another Minuteman trailer was used as a dispatch station by the county sheriff department for 4 or 5 days because their office was flooded.