Local non-profit Operation BBQ heads to Houston to aid in disaster relief

Posted at 1:24 PM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-08 23:11:12-04

PLEASANT HILL, Mo. - Rescue crews and volunteers from across the nation are working around the clock to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Some of that relief is coming from right here in Kansas City. 

The local non-profit organization Operation BBQ is headed to Houston, but on Monday, their attempts were delayed.

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“Holy cow, this is bad, holy sheesh,” Stan Hays, Operation BBQ Relief co-founder, said.  

Hays, along with five others were the first of the group making their way south to help with disaster relief. Due of all of the flood waters covering the interstate, Hays said Spring, Texas is where the group had stopped. 

“The Grand Prairie Parkway, water is out of, I mean, it’s covering the whole area, in fact it’s covering part of I-45,” Hays said.  

That's an interstate Operation BBQ Relief needs to take in order to serve meals to those affected by the monster storm. Sitting about 50 miles north of Houston, they’re looking for a safe spot to stage where they can fire up their grills. 

“There is boats going in the water, high-water rescue going out, you’ve got a discount auto, you know, this is where it starts getting a little scary,” Hays said.  

Operation BBQ Relief responds to natural disasters and other situations to help feed displaced residents and emergency personnel. In the last six years, they’ve served more than one million meals.  

Operation BBQ Relief hopes to make it to the heart of Houston as soon as the water covering the interstate goes down. They plan to be there for weeks, serving thousands of hot meals. In order to do so, they're in need of donationsand volunteers