Austin volunteers come home after helping Harvey-ravaged Port Arthur
AUSTIN, Texas —
A team of volunteers from the Austin Disaster Relief Network came home Sunday evening after giving some much needed help in Port Arthur.
The group of volunteers spent three days in Port Arthur. Volunteers say that community still needs a lot of help.
“Folks are still hurting,” ADRN incident manager Chris Reighley said.
Reighley said the community is in recovery mode, and most of the larger non-profit organizations have left for places like California and Puerto Rico.
“This is really all about Texans helping Texans,” Reighley said. “In a lot of cases, we’re it.”
For volunteers, it was sometimes overwhelming seeing the destruction.
“It really looks abandoned,” volunteer Leigh Lusignan said.
Lusignan and three others made the drive with ADRN. She mainly helped comfort residents as they came by.
“Just let them know we’re going to be there, we’re there for them,” Lusignan said.
Others worked 12 hours straight sorting donated goods.
Reighley said there’s still a lot of work left. That’s why he says he’s planning to come back in the near future.
“They’re not close to being recovered yet and this is a long haul,” Reighley said. “But they need help.”