Bell County

BELTON — The needs of the more than 400 evacuees have been met and donations are no longer needed at this time, Bell County Judge Jon Burrows announced Thursday.

“The generosity of the people of Bell County has been tremendous,” Burrows said in a news release. “Supplies are more than adequate to maintain those needs for the remainder of (the evacuees’) stay.”

Vista Community Church in Temple had been acting as the donation repository. As of Wednesday afternoon, the church was no longer accepting donations since the building was so full that Sunday services will be held in a tent outside.

Shelters across the county are also not accepting anymore donations, Burrows said. The county judge added that the cities of Belton, Temple, Harker Heights and Killeen are no longer accepting donations.

“Once the evacuees have returned home, the remaining items will be forwarded to the appropriate locations in Brazoria County and the city of Houston,” Burrows said.

Mike Harmon, Bell County Emergency Management coordinator, said Wednesday morning once power has been restored in the displaced Texans’ homes, they will head home. But, Harmon noted, that may be some time away.