Trapped bakers make bread for Houston residents affected by Harvey

Trapped bakers make bread for Houston residents affected by Harvey
Posted at 12:34 PM, Aug 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-31 09:08:49-04

HOUSTON (RNN) - As Hurricane Harvey approached Texas last week, employees at the El Bolillo Bakery prepared for the worst, according to The Washington Postmaking bread for their customers.

By Saturday night, the bakery had sold out of almost all its stock.

“We were trying to open up late and trying to make enough bread for everybody. We knew we get absolutely slammed busy during these days,” bakery manager Brian Alvarado told The Washington Post. “We didn’t think it was going to rain for that long and that badly.”

When record rainfall struck Houston on Saturday, almost all El Bolillo's employees were able to make it home. Three, however, found themselves trapped inside the store.

The bakers stayed inside the store, using it as a makeshift shelter. They slept on haphazard beds, using a large sack of flour as a mattress.

Eventually, they got restless.

The group wanted to get back to their families and couldn't, so they did the thing bakers do best: bake.

For 48 hours, the trapped employees made bread to share with those in need. They restocked the shelves of the store using 4200 pounds of flour, watching to see if the water outside would breach the store's walls. It never did, and the store never lost electricity, according to Alvarado.

When Alvarado finally got back to the store, he was surprised.

“That’s when we took the image and they had made so much bread,” Alvarado said. “We were not expecting to come in here and see every single display case full of bread.”

After the bakery shared an image of the trapped bakers to social media, their good deed went viral on Facebook. The post has been shared almost 4,000 times and has been reacted to more than 6,000 times.

All of the product produced during the bakers' 48-hour marathon has been delivered to local shelters in and around Houston, according to Alvarado.

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