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First the flood, then the mold…

Mike and Lois always wanted to live in the coastal town of Rockport, Texas. They were no strangers to hurricanes, but Harvey came at a time when Mike was being treated for cancer. Evacuation was exhausting and clean up was impossible after the ... Read Transcript


NARRATOR: Rockport had always been a favorite vacation

spot for Mike and Lois Rogers.

It was always a dream to move here and we did.

NARRATOR: When Hurricane Harvey formed in the Gulf,

they prepared to evacuate.

We had packed up for three other hurricanes, boarded

the house, did tremendous amount of work.

It takes a tremendous amount of work to leave for a hurricane.

And my husband had been quite ill this time.

NARRATOR: Because Mike is battling cancer,

he was worn out by the time they fled Harvey's path.

Days later, they were glad to find out

their home wasn't destroyed in the hurricane.

But they were heartsick when they saw their city

and their neighbors' losses.

We really didn't anticipate it being as devastating as it was.

Because I go around and look at these people that are just--

they have got nothing.

I mean, nothing.

That's really heartbreaking.

It really is.

We were like the majority of the people in town,

we didn't know what to do next.

NARRATOR: Harvey's category four winds caused damage

to their roof and walls and rain inundated their home.

We didn't realize it was as bad back there as it was

until it started turning black.

The whole thing was just mold everywhere.

NARRATOR: Mike and Lois knew they

needed to salvage what was left of their belongings

immediately.

But they were already exhausted and Mike couldn't

risk working in a moldy house.

They had absolutely no idea who was

going to remove all the debris out

of their backyard and all the molded items

in and around their home.

But then they heard about Operation Blessing.

And we noticed down the road that they were cleaning up

and we asked a neighbor, who are those people?

They said, well that's Operation Blessing.

NARRATOR: Mike and Lois contacted

the Operation Blessing command center in downtown Rockport.

And a volunteer crew arrived the next day

to help them salvage and sort their belongings

and get the debris out of their yard.

Operation Blessing is helping us move all of our things

that are salvageable out of there.

That's why Operation Blessing is such a wonderful thing.

Because without them, we were actually

going to have to pack up and leave again.

There's no way we could have kept staying here without all

this help that we're getting.

Without the volunteer work in this community,

it couldn't get done.

It literally could not get done.

And these people that come in here

and give their time and effort, God bless them.

Now that all this cleanup is going on,

we ought to be able to stay here until we

get it reconstructed again.

They're wonderful.

It's a true blessing to have them with us.

They've given us our life back.

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