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Mathis Police Chief doing welfare checks

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Posted at 7:40 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 20:40:41-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — In Mathis, the police chief says all he and his officers can offer residents there, is hope.

Hope that their power, water, and sewer system will function once again, and there will be plenty food.

Mathis police chief Scott Roush says he and his officers have done 134 wellness checks on the people of Mathis since Saturday. And they'll continue doing them.

"What can you offer ? All we could do is offer reassurance. Let the folks know we’re here for them with the water and food. Whatever else that we can provide for them. We’re suffering as well."

When the word went out that more water was available, the lines stretched for blocks. Mathis fire fighters loaded cases of water into waiting cars.

But what’s been particularly frustrating for Roush has been an inability to speak with anyone with AEP. And he calls on a phone line dedicated to law enforcement.

There is some good news.

A group from Mathis is picking up more than 100 cases of meals from the Corpus Christi Food Bank.

They’ll be distributed to Mathis residents on a first come first served basis. They’ll go quick.