By Stefanie Arcangelo, American Red Cross

Photos: Jay Bonafede, American Red Cross

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Angela Cheatwood embraces a Red Cross volunteer during a visit to the Multi-Agency Resource Center in Deweyville, Texas.

During the Southeast Texas floods, Angela Cheatwood of Deweyville may have lost her home, but not her spirit.

“We lost everything,” said Cheatwood. “But we have our lives and God has a plan.”

Angela’s trailer was completely wiped out by the flooding that has devastated Southeast Texas. “The trailer took on water, it was waist deep,” Cheatwood said. “Everything is destroyed.”

Cheatwood, her children—Daniel, age 18, Lexi, 15, and Brynlee, four—and her partner James Williams have been staying in a hotel in Sulfur, Louisiana while they try to recover

Four-year-old-Brynlee Williams of Deweyville gives Dickens, a pet therapy dog, a pat on the head at the Multi-Agency Resource Center in Deweyville, Texas.

from the flood.

The family began the recovery process by visiting a Multi-Agency Resource Center at Deweyville High School. They were able to meet with various agencies, including the Red Cross, to discuss their needs and receive support.

“It’s like a bad dream that we wish we could wake up and be over,” Cheatwood said. “It’s been tough being cooped up. Luckily, I still have my job.”

Angela started back at work this week, commuting from the hotel in Louisiana to Beaumont, Texas. Even with all the challenges Angela and her family are facing, she is looking forward.

“I’m just trying to keep everything in focus,” Cheatwood said. “We are looking at apartments tomorrow. We will start with apartments and then eventually we will find a new house.”