Blanco Flood / Angela Crowe and Charles McAlister Rebuild
Organized by: William Beleck
William Beleck via Crowdrise
June 03, 2015
[Note I have heard that there is a general community financial assistance fund that can be donated to at the Blanco National Bank if you prefer to donate to a general fund to help the approx 250 people now homeless in Blanco--I have not vetted this fund but it is administered by the Good Samaritan Center and checks should be made payable to: "BGSC Blanco County Disaster Relief Fund". tks, wcb]
This fundraiser is to support Angie Crowe (Crowe Woolworks) and Charlie McAlister rebuild the Raincrow Farm house, weaving studio, barn, and other improvements.
Two weeks since the Blanco River rose 40 feet, and only drinking water & a quart of bleach received from the government. Blanco County was just designated a disaster county by FEMA and the FEMA representative is scheduled to come to the farm this week. The community turned out en masse to demo and clean, and the farm is drying out--in very good shape considering. Thank you to everyone who showed up to muck and tear and carry and provide food--the black mold has been avoided.
No person in the direct network died thank goodness. Possessions are gone but that is really just stuff. The sheep were washed away and this really is the worst part (they could not have survived since wool holds too much water). The cats all survived. The Craft Alaca Ranch offered Angie & Charlie a guest house to stay in temporarily so they have their own space.
Now it's time to rebuild but without flood insurance (the house is above 100-year flood line) the cost is over Charlie and Angie's retirement affordability threshold. Many people have called and emailed and texted and messaged and facebooked asking how to help. Helping cover a new interior really is the best way.
If we can get 1,000 people to donate $25 each then Angie and Charlie will be in so much better shape. Charlie will contract the project himself and should be able to do it for about $50,000. If FEMA comes up with assistance to cover the rebuild then donations will be returned [affirmed by William Cochise Beleck].
Mike and Donna Ashley as well as Bill and Diane Fotosek are also direct neighbors to be made homeless by the flood. The Blanco and Austin community has really turned out to help them clean up as well. I think that we all now agree how important it is to be a member of the community, and that our faith in the goodness of most people has been reaffirmed.
Shout out to the new neighbor Todd--you are awesome, dude. Karen and Buster thank you too, without you Karen there could have been a serious tragedy at the lodge, and thank you Buster for getting important/technical jobs done so quickly. Thank you to the Lamphiers, Alys, and Van Aikens for putting us up until the cabin came available. Thank you Judy, Catherine, and Doug for allowing temp use of the cabin and stocking it with organic food (no cryin while eatin fresh fruit salad let me tell you). Thank you to Doug Hain for being an authentic human being (and great carpenter). Thank you to the Porters for getting your hands dirty and being there for your friends. Thank you to the church and other volunteers for cleaning debris from the fields and bringing food & water. Thank you guys from Austin who busted rear-end to get the garage cleaned out. Thank you Rays, Van Aikens, etc etc for bringing food and water to all the hungry/thirsty people. Thank you to everyone who brought beer, and good beer at that. Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Turner for opening up your house to the neighborhood survivor's pot-luck. Thank you uncle Joe for putting aside sibling rivalry and going to bat for Charlie & Angie.