Texans doing their part to help tornado victims
A lot is made of the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma in college football, but all of that goes out the window when disasters strike.
Centerpoint Energy has about 60 workers and 25 trucks reporting for duty today to help rebuild Moore's infrastructure. Centerpoint's Leticia Lowe told KTRH it was a simple decision to make.
“No utility can really afford to have the kind of staffing you would need for a disaster like this. You depend on each other for help in times like this,” Lowe said.
Lowe says the workers will stay longer than the normal two weeks if they are needed.
“Our company will support the host utility in Oklahoma for as long as they need our help,” Lowe stated.
The Houston Red Cross is on the ground as well with four shelters open. Vicki Eichstaedt says they are in it for the long haul, too.
“We’ll be here for weeks and maybe months. It’s hard to tell because we don’t even have a complete picture of the disaster that has been wrought,” Eichstaedt told KTRH.
Eichstaedt couldn't believe what she saw when she got on the ground.
“Complete and utter devastation. There are piles of rubble where homes and hospitals and schools used to be,” Eichstaedt explained.
Many others are stepping up as well. Former U-T basketball star Kevin Durant, who plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder, gave one million dollars towards the relief effort yesterday.