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Attorney Tom Anderson Helps Rebuild Flooded Houses in Houston


Attorney Tom Anderson of Anderson Boutwell Traylor recently had the opportunity to give back to our western neighbors who were ravaged by hurricanes a year ago and to this day continue to struggle to rebuild everything that was lost. Traveling with a group from Frist Presbyterian Church in Hammond, Attorney Anderson went to the Houston area and helped rebuild a number of flooded and badly damaged houses.

The entire Houston area continues to feel the effects of Hurricane Harvey. The storm is widely considered to be on-par with Hurricane Katrina for the costliest hurricane on record, costing an estimated $125 billion in damage. Houston area residents have struggled to pick up the pieces since that time, and while rebuilding efforts are ongoing, there are many who are struggling to live in homes that have been badly damaged, or are even still unable to return to their homes.

Attorney Anderson wanted to make a difference in this uphill battle, and that’s why he and a group of other volunteers went to the area where they could be of use and help less-fortunate residents rebuild their homes. Over the course of the trip, they restored the home of Marie, a retired teacher and widow of a former Baptist pastor. The home was devastated by the hurricane, including sustaining massive mold infestations, which made living there a hazard in and of itself. Thanks to the team’s efforts, they were able to help several area homeowners get back to living in clean, sanitary, and safe conditions once again.

There were a variety of jobs that needed done, as the house needed to be almost completely reconstructed. Damaged and mold-infested drywall needed to be removed and disposed of to eliminate the serious health threat from the home. New drywall was installed, electrical and plumbing work was completed, rooms were coated with fresh paint, flooring was replaced, and chair rails and other accents were repaired and installed. The team even pressure-washed the property to get rid of dirt and mold that had continued to grow and spread.

The work took several days to complete, and throughout the trip the group of volunteers was housed in small quarters constructed from old shipping containers at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. While the bunks may have been small, spirits remained high throughout the trip, knowing that the team’s efforts were going towards something good.

First Presbyterian Church even uploaded a photo album of the trip to their Facebook page!

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