LITITZ – Early Response Teams from Mennonite Disaster Service are heading to Texas with a focus on repairing broken pipes and waterlines. The storm sent some 29 million people into a state of crisis and, though power is back on for many, burst pipes have flooded thousands of homes and water shortages are still dire. MDS is responding as part of a coordinated effort with local long-term recovery groups and local churches. MDS Executive Director Kevin King says Early Response Teams are the first phase of what will likely become a more expanded long-term response in Texas. They are currently recruiting volunteers who are experienced in plumbing repairs. Volunteers will be working in the Texas Gulf Coast counties and also helping residents in the San Antonio and Houston areas. MDS is working to secure bulk plumbing supplies and volunteers are asked to bring their own tools and personal protective equipment. Interested volunteers should contact Deanna Frey at 1-800-241-8111 or by registering on the MDS website at mds.volunteermatrix.com. To make a monetary donation, visit mds.mennonite.net and click on “donate.” Select 2021 Texas Freeze from the pull-down menu. You may also send a check payable to Mennonite Disaster Service, and mail it to 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543. Please include “2021 Texas Freeze” on the memo line.