Western New York Natives describe severe storm damage in Texas

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – More Red Cross volunteers from western New York are on their way to help flood victims. Former Western New Yorkers who now live in some of the hardest hit areas are speaking out about the damage to their new homes.

Joseph Wheeler, a Williamsville native, is now living in Austin. He says there they are dealing with debris from the floodwater and says several businesses and homes flooded in the area. But the community is coming together.

Wheeler says, “The community is rallying around people who are harmed by the floods. As soon as the rain stopped neighbors came out to help people whose houses were flooded, empty out their belongings and make sure they were out of their houses safely.”

After the storm he and his neighbors walked down the hill they live on to Shoal Creek to survey the damage which runs through downtown Austin.

He says, “That afternoon actually I saw dump trucks and bulldozers on the streets clearing debris and insurance adjusters at some of the businesses who had been flooded assessing the damage.”

In Houston, Orchard Park native Bill Van Rysdam says there is a lot of devastation in the downtown area. He says Houston is like Buffalo in emergency situations

“Much like when storms hit buffalo, Houston is a great city. People step up, people help each other and make sure people are okay and taken care of.”

If you’d like to donate to efforts in the area head to the Red Cross Website here. 

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