Neighbors rush to help repair homes damaged by explosion before rain

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Sunday, January 26, 2020
Volunteers to help with repairs before rain tonight
People who had their homes damaged in the deadly explosion now have another threat to think about: rain.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Volunteers are heading out Saturday morning to help two of the neighborhoods most affected by Friday's deadly explosion in northwest Houston.

They'll be out in the Westbranch and Carverdale neighborhoods to help do what they can so rain expected later in the day doesn't get into homes.

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One of the neighborhoods sits less than a quarter mile from ground zero of the explosion, which caused catastrophic damage. Entire ceilings of homes came crumbling down, houses were pushed off of their foundation, and windows were shattered.

Many of the homes are boarded up, but the people who live in the affected areas have a lot to think about, including keeping looters and the coming rain out of their homes.

"Exhausted is the main thing, but it is more just worrisome. We are fine. We are financially stable, but it's just like we are cruising by. There is no way we can jump ahead. We are going to be a little bit behind for the next couple of months until something comes along that helps us. We are lost. Everyone... all 250 homes are just lost," said resident Ethan Goeinaz.

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Some people told ABC13 they were so focused on repairing their homes that they hadn't really processed what happened.

Trucks loaded with plywood, ladders, drills, and brooms came through the neighborhoods all day Friday.

Contractors boarded up homes and cleaned them up for residents who were in a state of shock.

"It feels surreal. We do have a place to stay now, but it's going to be hard to get back on our feet. We are just lucky that nothing major happened to us. These are just things, so it's just memories," resident Ale Garcia said.

The restoration team returning Saturday morning is going to put tarps on roofs and board up more windows.

Multiple places are also accepting donations if you'd like to contribute.

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