From: Katie Leslie
Date: August 31, 2017 at 1:43:17 PM CDT
Subject: VPOTUS travel pool report #5 -- Rockport home visit
Motorcade arrived to the next location just before 1 PM,the site of homes destroyed by hurricane Harvey.
Samaritan's Purse International volunteers are on site helping homeowners in this rural Rockport neighborhood rebuild.
The second lady could be heard telling Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse: "You guys are amazing" as they walked from home to home. There are maybe a dozen modest single family and mobile homes on this street.
In front of a dilapidated ranch style home, several people huddled with the officials.
Two women had newborns, and Gov Abbott embraced two week old Wyatt Naro, the great grandson of a woman whose home took on two feet of water during the storm. WH staff identified that homeowner as Joanne Sain.
Mattresses, drywall, chairs and lights, the stuff of homemaking, are already placed out on a gravel curb to be hauled away.
Brittney Naro, the mother lf the baby Abbott held, said "it means a lot" to have VPOTUS and others here "because this is devastating."
She and friend Marah Kirkland, mother of six week old Madilyn and 3-year-old Emma June Kirkland, live in Corpus Christi and fled to Temple ahead of the storm.
"The fact that Trump and now he's here makes you appreciate what we have," Brittney Naro said, referring to VPOTUS. "They didn't have to come. What more can you ask for?"
After meeting with volunteers and some homeowners, VPOTUS, the second lady, the Abbotts and DHS acting director Elaine Duke quickly got to work.
Despite the sweltering heat, they donned blue work gloves and hauled tree debris in front of a white mobile home to a gravely curb. The officials made several passes, with VPOTUS repeatedly heaving large branches onto a pile.
Todd Taylor, assistant manager of US Disaster Relief for Samaritans Purse, spoke with VPOTUS and Abbott, later telling your pooler: "Anytime you can get one of our public officials, especially men that love this country like the Vice President and Gov Abbott, the attention he can bring to this area will really help people be 'in the know' as to what's going on here."
The motorcade rolled at 1:38 p.m.
The Dallas Morning News
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