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Bastrop Officials: Fire Recovery Help Still Needed After $1.5 Million Donation

Updated: Wednesday, September 4 2013, 07:08 AM CDT
This morning marks two years since wildfires ripped through Bastrop County, killing two people and leaving nearly 1700 homeless.

Now after a major donation from the Red Cross, county officials say they need help going forward to finish helping everyone struggling to rebuild.

This morning, 36 families trying to rebuild from the Bastrop wildfires are waking up to the news they've been waiting to hear the last two years. Come May 2014, they'll have a home.

That's when recovery officials say all 36 homes should be done by, thanks to a $1.5 million donation from the Red Cross. But even with that generosity they still need more: $150,000 alone just to foot the bill for operational costs.

"We have to pay case workers, we have to pay our executive director, we have a construction supervisor, and literally we were out of money," said Christine Files, president of Bastrop County.

Files says the donations will also help bring on workers to help in the rebuilding process.

If you're looking to play a more hands-on role in recovery, officials are also looking for laborers to help rebuild those homes.

You can also help Bastrop County recover this afternoon. KEYE TV News is hosting a Bastrop Relief phone bank on its newscasts at 5 and 6.
Bastrop Officials: Fire Recovery Help Still Needed After $1.5 Million Donation


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