Red Cross Classifies Donna as Disaster Zone

This is Aurora Village, a colonia in rural Donna after Friday’s storm: the American Red Cross declaring it today as a disaster zone.

At least 54 homes were damaged, leaving around 200 people in need of aid. Non-profit organizations are working out of a local church assessing the destruction and coordinating efforts to deliver relief, while families have been patching up rooftops, windows and walls.

The Red Cross is collecting monetary donations. If you wish to contribute, or are in need of assistance you can call the 24-hour disaster hotline at 1-866-526-8300.

Our Fox 2 reporter, Marlen Sosa got the chance to speak to one of the families’ affected. They’re now homeless due to the storm.

The storm only lasted a few minutes, but was so strong; it completely destroyed the Banzan family home.

Insulation and debris are the only things left of the family’s mobile home. The ceiling and walls were blown in by the forceful winds, taking with them all of the family’s belongings.

With pain, family members try to pick up the pieces of what once was their home, hopeful that the community may lend a helping hand. Fortunately, members of the Red Cross of America have installed a refugee center at the church Iglesia de Dios in Donna, where the help is free. If you would like to make a donation, please call the refugee center located at La Iglesia de Dios in Donna
Please don’t hesitate to donate.

While Fox 2 cameras were rolling outside the Banzan’s home in Donna, a representative of Precinct One Commissioner A.C. Cuellar stopped by to offer aid.

Representative Alvaro Torres offered the Banzan family a place to stay for a few days while they get back on their feet. He also brought waste containers to help the families in the process of cleaning out their homes.