From The Cloud City to The Space City
By Kathy Bedell © Leadville Today
While the numbers from Hurricane Harvey seem to be constantly changing; numbers of homes flooded, numbers of people displaced from their homes, numbers of supplies needed, the one constant is that the people affected in the flood-ravaged region will need help, possibly for a long time.
That’s exactly what Katrina Thede and Shanae Sanchez were thinking as they watched and read the reports about the hurricane victims. And then, they took action.
“There really is no specific reason why we decided to make the trip,” explained Katrina Thede in an interview with Leadville Today, “other than we really want to do all that we can to help.”
Sometimes it’s just that simple. The two Leadville women will be taking the donations down to Texas personally, on September 22, giving Leadvillites a chance to add to their cargo.
The duo has received the generous donation of a 26’ U-Haul truck to deliver the donations, thanks to Mike Blau, President of Marketing for U-Haul – Colorado.
They hope to fill that truck with needed supplies by Thursday, Sept. 21 and head south on September 22. So Leadville, it’s time to mobilize your efforts.
Donations can be dropped off at the home of Charles Carson, located at 2081 Lodgepole Drive. You can drop off your contributions between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Please leave your donations in front of the garage doors.
Big Al’s Mini storage is also on stand-by with a storage unit for additional space, if needed. A drop-off bin is set up at Shopko in Leadville, for shoppers wanting to donate that way.
The women have already mobilized a number of volunteers to pick up donations, as well as distribute information about their efforts, but there are a couple of other ways you can help.
- Fuel: They will need gas for the trip.
- Lodging: If you know of anyone in the Houston area who is not already hosting a displaced neighbor and can put the two women up during their trip, please contact them via email. Katrina Thede email: email@example.com Shanae Sanchez email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The women are asking specifically for the following items to be donated, however anything helps! DONATION LIST.
KW On The Ground, Helping Houstonians
Leadvillites are always ready to rise to the call for help, and that’s exactly what the crew with KW Restoration and Construction have been doing this past week. Leadville Today caught up with the KW President Kyle Welch who has been on the ground in Houston since Tuesday, August 29.
His convoy 9 crew and 10 semi trucks were loaded with all of the equipment necessary to help Houstonians in the clean-up phase of the recovery, now that the flood waters are beginning to recede.
“What we do on the road is generally flood mitigation,” explains Welch. “We go in and make the building safe by cleaning and drying it out.” Once KW crews have finished their job, the construction companies can come in and put the business back together again – safely. While KW does have some clean-up contracts already in place, his crews are always on the look-out for helping out the flood victims along the way.
“When we checked into our hotel the first night, the manager told us his family was stranded in their home from the flood waters. So after we unloaded one of the box trucks some of the guys headed out for the rescue,” said Welch in a phone interview.
Not only did the hotel manager’s family get picked up, but a few extra neighbors as well. In all, about a dozen people got to sleep a bit easier – and drier – that night! Three cheers for Leadville’s hometown heroes!
Another way that KW has been able to help out is by allowing their generators to charge cell phones so that people can stay plugged in, because electricity has been slow to come back online, or as is the case in some areas, could take weeks.
Welch said the KW crew will probably be down in the region for 2 – 3 months, helping with restoration efforts. He brought a local crew along but will also use a temp agency to employ upwards of another 200 people as the recovery efforts shift into high gear.
The crew’s initial reports from Houston indicated pretty challenging conditions just to get to the areas in need of help due to flooded roads. However, now that waters are receding, they are prepared and ready to begin restoration efforts needed onthe path to Houston’s recovery.
While life-safety rescue efforts are always a priority, eventually businesses and homes will need KW’s services. If you – or someone you know in the region – have a need for their services, please contact them via their Facebook Page or call 719-486-0553.