HOUSTON, TX - Piles of ruined belongings lined the streets of Meyerland, as residents work into their fifth day of flood clean-up.
Service trucks occupied almost every other driveway down streets off Rice Avenue near Braeswood, where neighbors say their trash piles have actually gotten smaller over the last couple of days, but even still, they know this process is only getting started.
Meyerland resident Marvin Blum and his family didn't waste any time starting their clean-up. Blum, who owns Blum Custom Homes, knows thing or two about how severe water damage can be, and wanted to limit the flood's impact on his home as much as possible.
"The people on the remediation will probably be here another week, and then it could take three to eight, nine months to rebuild,” Blum explained, “I mean everything's gone, cabinets, appliances, both our cars were over the hood in water. Who knows?”
While there are few positives for flood victims to reflect on right now, Blum says the outpouring of volunteers this weekend has lightened the load a bit.
"I will tell you on a bright note, there have been a lot of volunteers bringing boxes, water, food," Blum said.
Groups from all corners of town have been pooling their resources to help however they can.
"I'm just helping these people, there's so much devastation, and they just need help," said Stacy Nathan, who showed up at the Blum's house Saturday afternoon, with supplies and other volunteers from the Jewish Federation.
Houston City Council candidate Matt Murphy also gathered volunteers at a nearby park, who set out to homes in Meyerland and beyond, with supplies and tools.
"The neighborhood has come together, and we're all looking out for each other, but we're going to keep praying and be positive," said Blum.