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Published on May 19, 2024
Texans on a Mission Volunteer Group Offers Free Cleanup Aid After Storm Ravages HoustonSource: Unsplash/ Robert Thiemann

As Houston picks up the pieces in the aftermath of a brutal storm, a bevy of volunteers have stepped up to provide crucial assistance to stunned homeowners. The Texans on a Mission, a group dedicated to helping in the face of disaster, has been swinging chainsaws to clear the havoc left by fallen trees, according to a FOX 26 Houston report. The nonprofit’s efforts have notably saved residents potentially thousands of dollars in cleanup costs.

"We don’t charge for what we do. Everything we do is free of charge," Wendell Romans, the state chainsaw coordinator for Texans on a Mission, described to FOX 26 Houston. In Cypress, similarly hard-hit by the recent EF-1 tornado, cleanup operations were already to get underway as the National Weather Service spokesperson reported, "110 mile per hour winds based on the damage done to the roofs and kind of well built structures in these neighborhoods," in a statement obtained by KHOU.

Among the Texans lending a helping hand was Marcell Hunt, the unit leader for Texans on a Mission, who was quoted saying, "Jesus went to meet people in need and that’s what we do." Homeowner Jon Weathers, deeply affected by the storm, found three of his vehicles crushed by large pine trees, recounting the sudden calamity to FOX 26 Houston, "It was just kind of a crack and next thing you know, we’re down three cars." Thankfully for Weathers and others, the group has already responded to numerous calls for help.

Over in Cypress, residents like Marvin Stahl were left to reckon with the aftermath, telling KHOU, "Stuff went through the windows, I had doors blown off the hinges." Insurance agents and roofers were quickly on the scene to assess damage and initiate repairs. The tornado serves as a stark reminder, as per the NWS spokesperson to always take seriously protective actions, because it's quite too easy to underestimate the next relentless storm's potential.

While the tangible damage is extensive, the intangible sentiment prevails with a sense of gratitude overwhelming those affected. Beatrice Ramirez expressed a sigh of relief to KHOU, "God is good and it could’ve been so so much worse." Nonetheless, the looming issue for many remains the lack of power, with thousands still in the dark and temperatures expected to climb – a trying test of resilience for the communities hammered by nature's fury.