Operation Heats Up in Week Two

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Bobbi Snethen

Bobbi hails from Madison, WI, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she studied journalism and strategic communication. Following a stint as a freelance reporter, she served as a public relations professional in the nonprofit sector working to enhance community service through storytelling and online engagement.

While temperatures and humidity sore in Hays and Caldwell Counties, Operation: Double Trouble shows no signs of slowing down (just a few more shady water breaks to ensure our crew remains hydrated). Since arriving to Wimberley, TX on May 28, 145 volunteers have logged more than 4,000 hours to support residents affected by recent flooding.

With temperatures in the nineties for much of June, mandatory water breaks are implemented hourly.
With temperatures in the nineties for much of June, mandatory water breaks are implemented hourly.

Tasks force teams with muck out and sawyer capabilities have been pushing out regularly after on-site chainsaw training was conducted in the first week of the operation. Also, the heavies were called in through the City of Wimberley to demo homes deemed inhabitable while Palantir Tech deployed six of their support staff to check out our progress with damage assessments on the ground.

Several full demos were tackled with the help of the City of Wimberley.
Several full demos were tackled with the help of the City of Wimberley.

Furthermore, we get by with a little help from local volunteers, which includes members of Team Depot, the Wimberley High School Football Team, Kyle Anderson and Danny Green of the San Antonio Spurs, and a few dozen associates from nearby Walmart stores. The Walmart Foundation generously donated the manpower along with $100,000 to support our ongoing flood relief efforts in Texas.

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Several dozen Walmart associates lined up to get dirty alongside our team on their day off.

Keep tabs on our efforts through Facebook and Twitter, and if you’re so inclined, back us up with a couple bucks so we can keep serving.