HD 1280x720 - URL for this video: http://vimeo.com/melanieforester/rrbastrop1 Response & Relief Network, part of the North Texas District Assemblies of God, reached out to Bastrop fire victims in October, 2011. R&R Volunteers spent numerous days sifting through ash and rubble looking for home owners' valuables and keepsakes. Scrapping Teams hauled off trailer loads of scrap metal on behalf of the homeowners. Robert Kennedy, director of R&R, and his daughter, Staci, had their work cut out for them in organizing the relief effort, as well as days spent amid the ruins working with the other volunteers. People who lost their homes in the Bastrop fire could sign up for R&R's volunteer services at First Assembly of God Church in Bastrop. The church's lead pastor, Phil Woods, who also lost his home in the fire, immediately busied himself by reaching out to the hurting citizens of his community in numerous ways, including working with R&R's teams to help other fire victims. All the work by R&R is carried out by volunteers. No paycheck can compare to the gratefulness expressed by those who lost their homes in the Bastrop Fire, and were beneficiaries of R&R's services.+ More details
It has been a month and half since wildfires in Bastrop killed two people and destroyed more than 34,000 acres of land and 1,600 homes. But like after any disaster, the devastation extends beyond mere numbers. “Everyone in Bastrop County has been affected by this fire in some manner or not,” resident Bonnie Fisher said. “They know somebody, or they were affected directly by it.” With the community of Bastrop in the long process of rebuilding, Fisher and six others share their stories in a video, each with a different experience. Three people, including Mike Fisher, had official roles in dealing with the fires. “I’ve actually planned — both personally and professionally — for this fire,” said Fisher, the Bastrop County Emergency Coordinator. “I simply knew that one of these days, we would have this major, major tragic fire.” Merri Lee Spuye, a retired resident, was among the thousands who were evacuated. “I think one of the biggest fears we had in the beginning of the fire was whether we even had a home left,” she said. “We had no idea what we would come back to.” They mourn for their neighbors who lost their homes, and they miss the now-closed state park. But some that say the community will be stronger because of the fires. “God works in strange ways,” Spruye said, and “something good will come out of it.” Produced by Lizzie Chen for KUT News and Reporting Texas Music by Rod French+ More details
Little needs to be said about what motivated this video. As a companion to the filming of "Before the Bastrop Fire 2011", this trip retraces our original steps. This was recorded on Thursday, September 29, 2011 and cuts off at the turn to the Bastrop State Park.+ More details
Bastrop experienced a rare and delightful sprinkling of snow on Friday February 4, 2011. My husband drove me into town that day and for no other reason than to humor myself, I videoed the entire journey. I almost cut it off while filming - thinking it was a boring effort. Another time, I almost deleted it, again for the same reason. Something stopped me. And so here it is - still here - only because our house is still standing... A trip down Hwy 21, from FM 1441 to Downtown Bastrop+ More details
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