San Angelo Residents Describe Turmoil of Hurricane Harvey

Rescue group return from Houston, heading back over Labor Day weekend

San Angelo - TX - Derrick Juarez was part of a group from San Angelo that traveled to Houston earlier this week to aid flood victims. Now back in San Angelo, he talks about the dangers he encountered while helping those in need.

"There's people getting robbed out there. There's boats taking on fire, gun fire out there that people are just so careless. There's stores being robbed, there's loitering going on," says Juarez.

"There's people asking for help that don't need it.*We were guided by DPS and a Coast Guard for a little while. They were trying to get us in the locations that some people didn't want to go to, it was too risky where the current was flowing too high. We just went everywhere that we could. Anywhere that we knew there was people at, we went."

He says he'll never forget seeing the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey.

"There was people sitting on top of roof tops, there was people screaming from apartments, people hanging out red flags and towels needing rescue."

The group that returned is now reloading and heading back to help more.

"As long as the donations are coming we'll make sure they have a home. Nothing that is donated will stay at this office, soon as it gets here if we do pull out it will go to another charity that is doing work somewhere," says James Decker.

"This is time for Texas to come together. We are a great state, let's keep going and help these people."


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