Disaster center opens in Marion County

JEFFERSON, MARION COUNTY (KYTX) - The Red Cross says the fire heavily damaged or destroyed 92 homes.

And the Red Cross took action today to help the survivors get back on their feet.

The Voluntary Organizations Disaster Assistance Center opened in Jefferson this morning.

It's a place for churches and even legal aid to lend a hand, and they've already seen more than 20 families.

"Raised my kids there, raised my dog and cat there," says Diana Carr.

Carr lived in her home on White Oak Road in Marion County for 30 years.

"Nothing but ashes," says Carr.

A wildfire burned her home to the ground , and she says destroyed most of the neighborhood.

"We know families need help and don't know to reach out to us and we don't really know how to reach out to them," says Susan Campbell, public affairs for the Texas wildfires with the American Red Cross.

Campbell says it's hard to reach people in rural communities.

That's why a one-stop-shop for emergency housing needs, clothing and even food was set up at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson.

"We really are talking about losing everything, so it's important," says Kevin Young, the pastor at Linden United Methodist Church.

Young jumped to action to help.

"Get resources there more quickly, rather than putting them on a list and waiting," says Young.

"We're responding right now to another evacuation," says Campbell.

Trying to provide stability while the battle wages on against the flames...

"Debit card to get my medicine with," says Carr.

"Trying to keep them on a normal schedule in life, because it's going to take a while," says Campbell.

While Carr and many others look for answers on what to do next.

"If he wants it to be, it'll happen. If he doesn't, it won't. I still have my faith, no matter what happens," says Carr.

Campbell says the disaster assistance center will remain open as long as there is a need.

With these conditions continuing across the state, it doesn't look like we'll see a break anytime soon.

The disaster center will be open Mondays through Wednesdays from 10 A.M. - 8 P.M.

At the First Methodist Church on Henderson Street in Jefferson, as long as it's needed.


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