We packed up our scrub brushes, bleach, pressure washer, etc. and went to help a friend who lives on Los Martinez Street. I asked if I could take pictures and he said “sure”. He was actually waiting for the students from Job Corps who were going to help him and neighbors empty out his mobile home so that the mobile home could be hauled away. It is a total loss.
Because he is such an educated, friendly, smart man with many supportive friends, he was able to coordinate some of the groups that were going to be going in to Los Martinez to help out. Now that the water has receded a bit, it is clean-up time and help is going to be needed.
The city of Laredo already has teams out to clean some of the streets. See photo.
I hope to be able to collect a list of the groups forming to clean up in different areas. If you know of neighborhood clean-ups, shoot me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below.
As for my friend – we were not much help other than leaving supplies. The pressure washer was needed but unfortunately there is no electricity yet to make it run. Because his home is a total loss, he and his family will be starting from scratch with no savings, no insurance, only an empty lot. But as he says, “It is hard to come to terms with being homeless, but I am glad we all have our health and we will be moving forward. It does us no good to look back or feel sorry for ourselves.” He has one of the best attitudes I have ever seen! When I was in need, he and his family were there for me and now it will be my turn to do the same.