Anton Getting Disaster Help From Lubbock Church

ANTON, TX (PRESS RELEASE) - Volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other members of the Lubbock Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) will be working to help the Anton Community.

On July 5th Anton City leaders declared a state of disaster following severe weather of the 4th of July weekend. Residents of the city experienced anywhere from marble to baseball size hail followed by intense rain and 75 mile per hour wind gusts. The city mayor Blake Cates says that 100% of the community received extensive damages to their property. That includes broken windows to homes and cars, destroyed roofs, as well as damaged siding to homes and vehicles.

Mayor Cates also estimates that approximately 60% of the community is either under or uninsured for their homes. Meaning, the majority of the city is left to pay for any repairs by themselves. The city council sent a declaration to the state of Texas for emergency relief. Anton does not qualify for federal disaster relief because its population of 1,100 is too small.

This Saturday members of the Lubbock VOAD group will be going door-to-door to assess the damage. The numbers gathered will then be used to purchase equipment and materials need to repair homes affected.

A group of volunteers will be meeting at the Anton Senior Citizen Center 201 Main Street at 9:00am. We invite all media members to cover this story and help bring attention to the needs of the Anton Community.

(Press release Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

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