BASTROP — In the parking lot at the Home Depot, over coffee and pancakes in the Whataburger, at the Shell convenience store, the recovery of Bastrop County has begun.

In conversations. Between neighbors, friends, even strangers.

"After everything that's happened — we lost everything we had, except ourselves and the clothes on our back — it feels good to talk to someone who's in the same boat," said Dona Suarez, 56, talking with a group of seven neighbors about what to do next outside the home supply retailer on Texas 71.

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Inspirational Quotes

Farrel: "The house being gone is just about like having, you know, someone you love, a relative, that was just there all the time, but they've died." Allison: "It's kind of like a death in the family. It's gone and you can't get it back."

Farrel and Debbie Allison, Greenburg KS Resident, Episode 3; Greensburg

Testimonials

... I just want to thank you for what you did for our family and all of us in town. I know I was lost and in shock for quite a while. You helped us a great deal.

2007 Angora Fire Survivor, Lake Tahoe CA