Winter Storm 2021 – Press Release 02/25/21

WATER MISSION PLUMBERS PARTNER WITH AUSTIN DISASTER RELIEF NETWORK TO PROVIDE FREE SERVICES TO CENTRAL TEXAS RESIDENTS IMPACTED BY WINTER STORM

Austin, Texas, February 25, 2021 – Water Mission, a nonprofit Christian engineering organization, is collaborating with Austin Disaster Relief Network and Plumbers Without Borders to respond to the huge number of Central Texas residents with burst pipes and extensive water damage from Winter Storm Uri. The three organizations will collaborate to mobilize skilled volunteer labor and plumbing-related materials and supplies, getting safe water flowing in homes for the most vulnerable residents, including the elderly, disabled, uninsured, and underinsured.

Homeowners who need plumbing repairs as a result of last week’s frigid temperatures can call the Crisis Cleanup Hotline at 1-800-329-8052 to request assistance.

“We’re hearing from hundreds of homeowners who need their home mucked out because their pipes burst and need to be repaired. These homeowners want clean water running in their homes again,” said ADRN Executive Director Daniel Geraci. “The huge need means many residents could wait weeks for the professional plumbing services they need. But Water Mission’s partnership with the Crisis Cleanup Hotline will get these homeowners back into safe and clean homes much faster. We’re so grateful for the opportunity to work with this amazing organization.”

Residents in Bastrop, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties can call the “Crisis Cleanup” toll free number at 1-800-329-8052 requesting assistance to clean up their home and/or debris as well as repairing plumbing damage.

The “Crisis Cleanup” line will operate Monday-Saturday, 9 am – 8 pm, and Sunday, 1 pm – 6 pm. Homeowners can register for assistance through the “Crisis Cleanup” number until Friday, March 5. Volunteer crews have already begun deploying from ADRN network churches and other organizations to begin the cleanup effort.

SHOWERS AND FREE LAUNDRY CENTERS AVAILABLE

ADRN is collaborating with several area churches from its network to provide shower and laundry locations for local residents who don’t have access to clean water as a result of the recent winter storms. Residents who need access to these services can sign up at ADRN.org for specific locations, and to reserve time slots for a warm shower and fresh clean clothes.

“Hundreds of residents still don’t have access to water following the devastation of the winter storm last week, and may be out of service for several more days or even weeks,” said ADRN Executive Director Daniel Geraci. “Burst pipes and other ongoing water issues mean they don’t have access to basic necessities such as showers and cleaning laundry. These network churches have stepped up to serve our community and help our neighbors by providing these basic services to keep their families healthy.”

DONATIONS NEEDED

Monetary donations, in the form of financial funds, are still needed at this time to help ADRN provide support to those who’ve experienced weather-related disasters. Funds will be distributed in the form of gift cards, emergency housing, and/or supplies needed to meet immediate and long-term needs.

To make a tax-deductible gift to support disaster survivors, go online to adrn.org/give.

SURVIVOR HOTLINE

Families seeking information about disaster relief support should call ADRN’s Survivor Hotline at 512-806-0800.