In recent days, the citizens of San Saba and San Saba County have assisted a number of families who were evacuated from the Houston area because of Hurricane Ike.
The first group of evacuees, from north of Houston, began arriving in the San Saba area on Thursday. This group of five families totaling 25 people stayed in San Saba until Sunday morning when they were informed of improving conditions in their communities.
On the morning of September 15, about 5:00 a.m., a second group of evacuees arrived in San Saba seeking refuge. This group arrived by bus and consisted of 14 women and their 19 children who ranged in age from infants to teenagers. These women had been evacuated from the Montgomery County Women's Center (A facility of the Texas Council on Family Violence) after the facility lost utilities. It is expected this group will remain in San Saba for approximately two weeks until utilities are restored at the center.
According to Marsha Hardy, San Saba County Emergency Management Coordinator, the entire community has assisted in meeting the needs of these two groups of evacuees. The owners of the former San Saba Nursing Home opened the doors to that facility to provide housing. The City of San Saba connected electrical service to the building and will provide power at no charge until the visitors return home. Suddenlink Cable Television is also providing free service to the evacuees.
Area churches, The Ministerial Alliance, local businesses and individuals are also involved in meeting the needs of the evacuees from "Ike's" aftermath. G & R Grocery is working with the Ministerial Alliance by providing an open account to provide necessities to this group. Area church members have provided meals, toys, books, baby beds, high chairs, etc. for the visitors comfort while here.
According to Hardy, anyone wishing to assist this effort financially is encouraged to pay on the account at G & R Grocery. The Ministerial Alliance is guaranteeing payment of this account, but would appreciate any help provided.
If you wish to assist in other ways or to volunteer, you may contact Marsha Hardy, Emergency Management Coordinator, at 325-372-8570.