The recent severe winter storms, though challenging, strengthened our character, and it was touching to see our community come together once again to lift those up in need. Neighbors helped neighbors, and Temple Chamber Members served heroic acts and provided food, shelter, and essentials to our community.
Here is how Temple Chamber Members helped amid the severe winter storms:
Through the weather crisis, the Temple Chamber did not sit idle. We helped community partners share information about essential resources, and we used our strength as the voice of and for business to aid our members and community overcome obstacles presented by the storm.
An example of the Temple Chamber in service during the storm and the ripple effect caused by those actions is when the roads were impassable and grocery store shelves empty, and hundreds of semi-trucks sat on Wendland Road waiting to deliver to both the Walmart Distribution Center and the H-E-B Retail Support Center. The Chamber made phone calls in a 3-hour time frame to find a solution to the issue. Calls were made to State Representative Hugh Shine, County Judge David Blackburn, City Manager Brynn Myers, Temple Police Department, Texas Army National Guard, III Corps/Fort Hood, and local contractors to seek assistance. State Representative Hugh Shine contacted TxDOT. Sand trucks and graders from TxDOT arrived at the site quickly to aid. In addition, the Temple Police Department responded with assistance on traffic control. Roads were sanded, traffic was controlled, semi-trucks made their deliveries, and in-turn grocery shelves were restocked.
The Temple Chamber has a rich 113-year history, and we are the hub of a vast network that includes local businesses, all levels of government, local organizations, schools, and more. We are positioned to help, especially when the vitality of our community is at stake. This was a challenging time, but Temple is resilient, and we will overcome it together being Temple Strong.