Latino Memphis hosts town hall for families devastated by floods

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A local Memphis organizations steps in to help dozens of families crippled by this week's devastating flash floods.

Saturday, Latino Memphis organized a town hall meeting for families who lost their homes and belongings after Nonconnah Creek swept through the Wheel Estate Mobile home park Sunday.

“Why are you crying now?” asked WREG’s Elise Preston.

“I feel really sad because I lost everything,” replied Marisela Masias.

With a Latino Memphis translator by her side, Marisela Masias told News Channel 3 how this week`s flash flooding destroyed her home at Wheel Estates mobile community.

“We've made a lot of sacrifices to have the little that we have and now we've lost everything,” said Masias.

Saturday, Latino Memphis organized a big meeting with the dozens of families still living in American Red Cross makeshift shelters. Many of their homes are condemned.

This week, many people and organizations stepped in to help. But Latino Memphis organizers stress, there is still more help needed.

“I just keep thinking that I have to rebuild yet again. I don't know if I can bear going through this process once again,” said Maria Del Pillar.

It`s the third time homeowner Del Pillar has lived through flooding in Memphis in just a few years.

Del Pillar doesn`t have insurance. But what`s also troubling for the mother is this keeps happening to her family. She`s grateful for the help she has received, but she also believes she`s being neglected in her road to recovery. The language barrier also hurts.

“That`s why we`re trying to bring them together to let them know we care about them, we do want to provide all the resources we have available,” said Alvis Otero, Director of Development for Latino Memphis.

Del Pillar hopes someone will help with rebuilding her family`s home. She`s worked for years to own a home in the United States.

“It is my dream, everybody needs something to hold onto,” said Otero.

We're told the families will only be able to stay in the emergency shelters for just a couple more days.

If you would like to help, call Latino Memphis at 366-5882.


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