I was planning to attend Brunch with Brigid last Sunday—but was detained because I spoke with one of the Travis County residents devastated by the Halloween 2013 Floods. She had received a disconnect notice from Austin Energy and was distressed.
The flood victims have lost everything—cars,homes,clothing…etc. This person and her family have been living in a travel trailer in their front Yard for 13 weeks! To now lose their utilities would have a double whammy- negative impact. 1) How can they live with no utilities? How could they stay warm in the unusually cold harsh weather? 2) All rebuilding of her home would be stopped---contractors cannot work without electricity to power their tools!
I sent Brigid a text explaining that I couldn’t attend her Sunday Brunch because of this situation. She immediately texted me back asking what she could do to help these folks. I didn’t know what to suggest. I spent most of Monday trying to talk with the appropriate Austin Energy staff about this CRITICAL situation.
On her own initiative, Brigid spoke with Council Member Tovo on Monday. Brigid sent me a text with the name and phone number of someone on Tovo’s staff that might be able to help. That turned out to be Shannon Halley who came up with an excellent plan that I went off and implemented.
Brigid is a “can do” person. Brigid quickly grasped that this situation was CRITICAL to the flood victims—all located in SE Travis County, not even in her Precinct.
Brigid understood the seriousness of the situation and took it upon herself to do something to help her fellow Travis County residents.
That’s the kind of person I would like to represent me on the commissioners court! (Unfortunately I’m not in Precinct 2 either!)
It’s because of her experience that Brigid understood how critical this situation was. It’s because of her compassion for the working poor that she wanted to help and it’s because of her ability to connect people that she was able to get something done quickly.
Friend of the Onion Creek Park Neighborhoods Alliance