Flood Rescue and Relief Efforts By Austin County Residents

Austin County residents have joined together to assist in the rescue and relief efforts for victims of the recent hurricane and flood. Austin County will be a staging area for military personnel, such as the National Guard and the Coast Guard.

Residents have joined together to gather and send supplies to the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. Austin County residents feel that they have been called to duty to help in any way possible to help victims restore their lives back to normal. The first priority these residents have set is to get food and dry clothes to the smaller towns in our area that have been impacted, as HEB and Red Cross are already doing a good job helping the Houston/Katy area. 

There is a high demand for the following items, however all items are welcome:

  • Toiletries (tooth care, deodorant, hand sanitizer, hair care, feminine products, etc.)
  • Home Goods (toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, utensils, etc.)
  • Outdoor/Cleanup (bug spray, sunscreen, buckets, tarps, trashcans, saws, rakes, shovels, etc.)

Volunteers needed for the following:

  • Cook and prepare brown bag lunches (St. John Lutheran Church, 520 N Holland St Bellville, TX
  • Accept/sort/label/load clothing and personal care items (Bellville Chamber of Commerce 742 W Main St Bellville, TX)
  • Care of pets and other animals that end up in Austin County

Below are the drop off points and contact information for items in Austin County:

  • Rescue Group/ Kara Rathbone 979-877-8996
  • Food Preparation/Drop Off/St John Lutheran/Sharon Schroeder 979-877-4068
  • Clothing/Personal Item Drop Off/ Bellville Chamber of Commerce/Denise Jones 979-421-2351
  • Housing/Reesa Ueckert 979-472-0559
  • Animal Housing/Kimi or Jessie Byler Kimi-979-472-0034 Jessie-979-472-1392
  • Animal Food Drop Off/Linseisen's Feed and Supply 979-865-3602
  • Transport of Food/Clothing/Kate Carter 979-472-0049


Hurricane Harvey has taught us all a very valuable lesson-we all need to take care of each other!

Our Community

Welcome to Bellville!Bell

Our always-growing little town was founded in 1848 and incorporated in 1927. Initially settled by Thomas and James Bell, who immigrated from Florida in 1822 as some of Stephen F. Austin's earliest settlers. They donated over 145 acres to Austin County and Bellville was named for them. Churches, a log cabin, and a wooden courthouse were the first public structures in Bellville. Most of the early residents were farmers, and the town grew slowly until the coming of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1880, when the population rose from 300 people to 1,000 residents within three years. Our current population is approximately 4,100.

TurnvereinOur desirable location is about 60 miles west of Houston, 13 miles north of Interstate Highway 10 & 18 miles south of Texas Highway 290. Bellville stands at an elevation of 275 feet above sea level which keeps us in timeless harmony with green rolling hills and spectacular wildflower displays from early spring through late summer.

  • Visit the 15 State Historical Markers in our city.
  • Tour the old Austin County Jail Museum.
  • Take a driving tour of the town’s many Victorian-inspired 19th century homes.
  • Visit Bellville on Market Days, the 1st Saturday of each month, with booths of crafts, flowers, & novelties

ParadeFor more information about Bellville, visit Bellville Chamber of Commerce and the Bellville Historical Society

For information about the history of Austin County visit the Colonial Capital of Texas.


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