Leo Villa is one of more than 100 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) employees who suffered catastrophic losses when Hurricane Harvey swept across Texas. Villa lives and works in Rockport, where Harvey slammed ashore as a Category 4 storm on Aug. 25. Villa’s home was one of thousands damaged from Rockport to Jasper as a result of the storm and the flooding in its aftermath. Thanks to generous donors, TPWF was able to assist 122 TPWD employees with emergency relief funds. The TPWD Employee Relief Fund disbursed more than $314,000 to affected employees.
“We are very appreciative of the outpouring of support we have seen from our friends and partners,” said Carter Smith, TPWD Executive Director. “On behalf of the hundreds of TPWD employees up and down the Texas coast who were affected by the storm - Thank You! We are incredibly grateful to all who have so generously contributed to helping our team and their families rebuild after this terrible disaster.”
Stewards of the Wild members got directly involved to help, too. From search and rescue missions in the harrowing days after the storm to helping TPWD employees like Leo Villa clean up the mess, Stewards members were ready to lend a helping hand.
Watch the video to see how Stewards members helped Leo Villa.