2010 July Flood


River Flooding In Northern Mexico Impacts Casa Del Rey.

We have pictures of the damage and clean-up in the July Flood Gallery.

There is also a Repair Gallery. We have finished all of the buildings except little used portions of the main building. We are still working crews to finish the project.

The Air conditioning is repaired now. The platform under the large compressors is now rebuilt and stabilized. There is a split mini A/C in the small dining room where the children now eat.

We thank our partners for the response that made it possible to fix the buildings and continue to raise these children.


15 September 2010: The walls in the girl's dorm are being tiled above flood level.

Check the Repair Gallery for pictures of the tile work.

8 September 2010 The damaged walls are repaired, and we are starting the sealing process.

The mold is no longer a problem in the girl's dorm. All of the walls have been replaced up to the level of damage.

We had initially intended to use a closed cell foam to insulate and seal the walls, the cost quickly stopped us. The Mexican contractors suggested that we tile the walls up to the flood line, sealing the wall from the outside rather than from the inside. (The cost was much less. This portion of the project is paid for through donations received to date.)

We agreed that this would be workable and within budget, so Angelica has picked out some tile from Piedras Negras and we are busy tiling the walls. Pictures of the work will be posted to the Repair Gallery as they become available.

The kitchen is the next project.


23 August 2010: Work is nearly complete on the Girl's dorm repair.

It has been difficult to find competent help at day labor prices, but we have found a brother to help us. You may see the work in progress in the Repair Gallery as work progresses. Our building advisors instructed us to replace the sheetrock with greenrock and use foam insulation instead of the fiberglass insulation that was in the buildings before the flood.

The walls behind the showers are compromised, so we must replace the showers also. This will be more expensive than the sheetrock replacement, but we have received enough support to complete the dorm at the rate that we are going.

Afterward, we will begin work on the kitchen and the rooms associated with it.

3 August 2010: We have located a contractor that is willing to remove and replace sheetrock in the Girl's Dorm.

  • Girl's Dormitory: The sheetrock had been compromised prior to the flood by the failure of a shower pan. The flood made it plain that we had to change the sheetrock instead of just repairing it.
  • Second floor: We need to build a fire escape and build a better stairway to access the building.
  • Main Building: We are looking for a Mexican architect to assist us in a complete remodeling of the building which will involve major deconstruction. Mold is visibly growing in the closets (See the Flood Gallery). There is a bad smell in the pantry that houses the cooking pans.
  • Nursery (former house parent's quarters): We will bypass this building until we have the Girl's dormitory and the main building functional.
  • Wiring and plumbing are working except for some places in the main building. We have access to a good electrician. A plumber is more difficult to find, but we can get one as needed.
  • The septic field appears to be holding up. Thank God!
  • The furniture is being replaced as we can buy it. The children have beds and clothing now.
  • The parsonage suffered less damage than the rest of the buildings, so it is close to full restoration.

26 July 2010: Bedding has been replaced and the buildings are in use again.

Though the buildings are in use, the old sheetrock remains in place. We are obtaining estimates for the cost of removal and replacement of the damaged sheetrock and insulation.

Operation Christian Love has asked for us to measure the linear feet of wall in the three flood affected buildings so that they can raise help for us. The measurements are as follows:

  • Main Building: 7,315 ft (Outside girth is 468 ft.)
  • Nursery (formerly used as the house-parent's dorm: 607 ft. (Outside girth is 107 ft.)
  • Girl's Dorm: 1,340 ft.

Girth figures are provided because much of the siding must be replaced. We would like to use a hardibord or similar product to replace the black-board covered by cement plaster.

The main building is at a point in its life cycle where we need to refocus the space. We must fix the sheetrock in the portions of the building that are essential to operations and seek architectural help in renovating the building.

We appreciate all of the help that has been sent to help us stabilize and recover. God Bless you. We now need to turn our attention to the construction issues, which will cost more than replacing the bedding, clothing, and furniture that we lost. God is good, so we look forward to the future.


14 July 2010: Clean-up phase is over and we are in recovery mode.

The outpouring of love from our partners is heartening. Thank you for your gifts, support, and prayers. Support is reaching the staff and we are assessing the longer term problems that need our attention.

Operation Christian Love is sending trailers with food for the homes.

We have working freezers, though we are uncertain of the delayed flood damage effects. We need to restock the pantry. Though we are able to receive frozen goods, we do not have much depth for cold storage in Quemado (headquarters).


July 9, 2010 as published on Bobby's weblog accessible via. the partner's login link

The rains that accompanied Hurricane Alex brought flooding to the cities: Cd. Acuña, Piedras Negras, Nuevo Laredo in Mexico. On the US side of the river, Del. Rio and Eagle Pass suffered flooding enough to cut off highway 277 North of Eagle Pass from the communities to the North. The river runs North to South in this stretch. The rain has not yet stopped.

Casa Del Rey was flooded to a depth of between a foot and a half - and three feet. Water entered all of the buildings, ruining furniture, clothing, and appliances. The damage to the buildings and septic fields has not been determined yet.

Felipe has taken many pictures, but we have not yet collected them. We will post them to the main website when they are available.

There are four rivers that affect our work. The first and most obvious is the Rio Grand. The flow of water from the Amistad reservoir has been increased to flood stage in its own right due to the excessive runoff above the reservoir. The dam is damaged, so its use as a buffer is degraded somewhat. Since all of our homes and headquarters are downstream from this reservoir, we need to receive the mercy of God to hold it together. We are accustomed to the protection of God at our homes. We clearly live by grace through faith.

The Santiago river runs through Jimenez. It is of little flooding consequence, since our home is about fourty feet above the river level.

The San Rodrigo river runs past Casa del Rey in El Moral. This river is subject to frequent flooding. The Mexican Government has a watershed control dam in place upstream from El Moral. This reservoir is used to manage the flow of runoff from the mountains to the West of the Border. These mountains range between 3500 feet and 5000 feet. They are efficient at precipitating moisture that flows in from the Gulf of Mexico. We have no reason to complain about the management of the reservoir, since the staff is competent, and dangerous floods are not nearly as common as they would be without the dam.

This dam was weakened by the rain that lasted from the time Alex made landfall until now. The officials were forced to release water from the reservoir to preserve the integrity of the dam. They held it back as long as possible, but Tuesday morning 6 July they had to release it. The flow doubled. That would have been bad enough, but the water was met by the swollen and flooded Rio Grand which further backed it up. Flooding in Eagle Pass was high enough to cause the international bridges to close.

The water receded Thursday, but it left a mess. Felipe and Angelica returned to begin the long hard job of cleaning up the mess. It hurt badly, but we keep going.

The fourth river that affects us is the Rio Escondido which flows from the same mountains as the two previously described rivers and empties into the Rio Grand. Our Church, Pacto de Paz is located in South Piedras Negras not far from the Rio Escondido. This river is subject to flooding also, but it does not have a flood control system to my knowledge. The property on which the Church is built has flooded, but we have been spared flood damage. God is Good.

The children are packed into the Boy's home in Piedras Negras. The staff is busy and highly motivated to get the Casa Del Rey campus back in service.

Thank you for your prayers, concern, and support. At this time we need everything from water to capital equipment. God Bless you.

Bobby King