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Bastrop Couple Survives 2 Natural Disasters

Updated: Monday, September 23 2013, 02:04 PM CDT

Natural disasters seem to find Dan and Linda Bullock. Hurricane Katrina tore the roof off their apartment in New Orleans.

Dan sighs and says, "One of the reasons we came here to Bastrop was because they don't have hurricanes here. So, we thought we were safe."

Shortly after they completed their home and moved everything they owned onto their Bastrop property, the wildfires struck in September 2011.

Linda said it looked like another planet. "Everything was charred and grey and white and black and when you walked it sounded like you were walking on cornflakes or something, crunch, crunch. There were no animals. You couldn't hear any birds."

Despite the devastation -- this time the Bullocks wanted to stay. Sadly, only their land was insured. That's when Bastrop Longterm Recovery came to the rescue and offered to help build them a new house.

Dan says, "I'm not one to ask for help. I was going to do it myself. And when they said we will build you a house, I couldn't believe it! There were actually people like that left in this world."

Bastrop Long Term Recovery depends on faith based volunteers.

So far, they've built 79 homes for people who were uninsured or under-insured. Thanks to their help, in a few short months, the Bullocks had a house again. Dan helped every step of the way and then returned the favor by volunteering to rebuild other Bastrop County homes lost in the fire.

Though the Bastrop wildfires fires burned all of their belongings, the Bullocks still feel blessed. The few charred items they salvaged from the rubble now decorate a backyard butterfly garden. Those pieces and this place are reminders that the most important things in life aren't things, at all.

For more information of Bastrop Long Term Recovery, go to

By Judy Maggio

Bastrop Couple Survives 2 Natural Disasters

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