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Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team is dedicated to helping those who were uninsured or underinsured from natural and man-made disasters in Bastrop County such as the September 2011 wildfires, the Memorial weekend flood and tornado event, the Hidden Pines Fire and the two October floods. If you need help, please contact us and we'll walk you through the process of recovery.
As a community organization, we are all about bringing our community back to pre-disaster levels. We are your family, your friends and your neighbors. We want to help.
Please put on your list to help by volunteering, we've got many ways to do so in an effort to meet the disaster needs. We welcome your assistance and compassion. And as always, we do graciously accept your donations to help the community recover.
COMMUNITY GATHERING - 5 Years After the Wildfire
Join us Sept. 4, 2016 for Bastrop County Remembers
Please join us in the community gathering to commemorate the Bastrop County Complex Wildfire which began on Sept. 4, 2011, lasting weeks, and destroying 34,000 acres and over 1,600 homes, the largest fire disaster in the state of Texas.
Event is from noon to 3 p.m. at the Bastrop Convention Center, 1408 Chestnut in Bastrop, and includes live music, barbecue, kids' activities, fellowship, the creation of a community mosaic memorial and healing. Admission is FREE, and the barbecue will be served from noon to 2 p.m.
To print or share a PDF of the official, detailed poster, please CLICK HERE.
Bastrop County has seen four major disasters in the past five years – the 2011 wildfire, the May/June flooding with tornadoes, and all in October, the Hidden Pines Fire culminating with the two massive back-to-back floods. Three of these have some state and federal assistance available, but it’s not enough to get the families, some of whom have lived through the upheaval of more than one of the events, back to a pre-disaster state.
CENTRAL TEXAS FLOODS - OCTOBER 2015
Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 | Bastrop Advertiser | Jillian Beck
Bastrop waives building fees for fire, flood victims
Bastrop County residents who lost their homes in the Hidden Pines fire or recent flooding in October will find it easier to rebuild in the city of Bastrop, after councilmembers voted to waive all building permit fees for those affected. The fire, which started north of Smithville, burned nearly 4,600 acres and destroyed 64 homes from Oct. 13 until it was contained Oct. 24. Just days after, the county was hit by historic flooding. READ MORE
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 | Bastrop Advertiser | Jillian Beck
Halloween floods expected to cost Bastrop County more than May storms
Bastrop County is still in the midst of assessing damage left by the Halloween flood, but officials expect the pricetag for repairs to surpass the $3.8 million cost related to the Memorial Day storms. As much of Central Texas was pummeled with torrential rain and high winds, parts of Bastrop County saw major flooding because of fast falling rain and a quickly rising Colorado River. READ MORE
Central Texas has had two back to back flood events over weekends in October with losses piling up for the county after the wildfire earlier in the month. The county and the state have declared widespread area a disaster area in hopes of obtaining federal funding for rebuilding. But donations are greatly needed to manage these back to back floods, the Hidden Pines wildfire, and the May/June floods. Articles on Flooding in Central Texas.
HIDDEN PINES FIRE - OCTOBER 2015
Wednesday, Nov. 4 2015 | Austin Community Newspapers | Jillian Beck
Bastrop County denied federal aid for Hidden Pines fire
Bastrop County will not receive federal public or individual assistance for recovery efforts related to the Hidden Pines fire, officials said Wednesday. “The losses from this fire just don’t meet the minimum standards for federal assistance,” County Judge Paul Pape said in a news release. “We gave it our best shot, but in the end our plea was unsuccessful.” READ MORE
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 | 9:00 a.m.
Over $2.5 million needed to rebuilt homes
In the fire 64 homes were burned and countless outbuildings and other substantial property. Though some of the 64 homes burned were insured, 40 were not. Without help, these people will not be able to rebuild. To rebuild the residences, BCLTRT will partner with many other organizations to leverage donation dollars, but the dollars are needed. Please donate to BCLTRT, the central organization working on recovery for this county.
FEMA assistance is not guaranteed. So please, donate what you can. Every dollar counts. Donations can be taken online or by mail at BCLTRT, Attn: Janice Butler, PO Box 1875, Bastrop, TX 78602.
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
Fire at over 4,200 acres and still going
A fire has been raging in Bastrop County. It started Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 in a remote location in the county north of Smithville, TX, and has now spread northwest to over 4,200 acres (double from last night), including into the burn area from the wildfire of September 2011. It has destroyed 9 homes and is threatening 154 more.
Gov. Abbott has declared a disaster area in Bastrop County.
Right now (10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015) it is only 15 percent contained. Everyone on the 30 roads in the area was evacuated safely. For more details, go to Hidden Pines Fire (event), the Texas Parks & Wildfire (page), or Smithville, Texas on Facebook.
At this time, BCLTRT asks that you only make monetary donations. Please use the donate button on this page.
MEMORIAL DAY FLOODS/TORNADO - MAY/JUNE 2015
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 | Austin American-Statesman
Spring storms in Texas caused more than $1.5B in losses
An insurance group says spring storms across Texas caused more than $1.5 billion in property losses. The Insurance Council of Texas on Thursday provided the damage estimate for April and May storms. Memorial Day weekend flooding in parts of Central Texas claimed more than two dozen lives. READ MORE
Saturday, May 30, 2015 | Austin American-Statesman
Obama signs Texas disaster declaration
President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for Texas after severe flooding this week. (Bastrop County is NOT one of the three.) The White House said Obama declared that he ordered federal aid to supplement other recovery efforts in the area affected by severe weather since May 4. READ MORE
Gov. Abbott declares a state of disaster
Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday, May 29 declared a state of disaster in Travis and 23 other counties including Bastrop County, bringing the total number of counties under Texas’ state disaster declaration to 70. The declaration allows victims of multiple flood and tornado events in May to receive state funded assistance.
WILDFIRES - SEPTEMBER 2011
The Flag Made It Through - You can own a copy
This is a picture of the Waldron's flag that went viral after the 2011 Complex Fire. It hung on a pine tree at the Waldron's home and survived the fire although their home and everything around it burned. It became a symbol of the strength of our community. You can now purchase a gallery canvas wrap version of this flag and help rebuild homes for those that otherwise would not be able to rebuild. Download the ORDER FORM.
Bastrop County - One Year Later
Video of Wildfire area by Andrew Shapter
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FIRST HOME: The Shepherd Family
On Holy Saturday, the first house completely built and funded by the Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team (BCLTRT) was dedicated. It will belong to Hilary Shepherd and her daughter Jessica. All those who had been involved with rebuilding took part at a service of dedication
"It was truly a wonderful occasion to be able dedicate a home that had risen from ashes, on the weekend of Easter," said the Rev. Gill Keyworth, Disaster Relief Co-Coordinator for the Diocese of Texas.
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We are currently gathering resources to help the victimes of the Memorial weekend flood and tornado events. We need to know what you need. Do contact us for assistance of any kind, and we'll work to fill the need.
Bastrop County Complex Fires
Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team is proud to be a driving force for recovery after the Bastrop County Complex Fires in September of 2011.
Of the 1691 homes destroyed by the 2011 Labor Day fires in Bastrop County, 276 homes have been recognized as uninsured and low income, and 747 were owned by low income families.
Many homeowners who had insurance are already rebuilding. Some are doing the construction themselves while others have building contractors. Of those doing the construction themselves some are running out of money before the home is complete.
Businesses and individuals are making donations of supplies and funds for the rebuilding. More is needed. Everything helps.
Thousands of people have already been to Bastrop to volunteer their time with the cleanup. Many hundreds of college students were welcomed during Spring break. Clearing of debris continued and many new fences and sheds were built.
BCLTRT is working hard to complete case management, acquire building grants and welcome volunteer help. There are many projects and rebuilds underway as the team helps many families complete their homes.
For those wanting to come to our area to volunteer, sign up for accommodations by visiting FAITH VILLAGE Volunteer Accommodation Center.