Flooded Out of Our Home

I have hesitated to write this on my blog; mostly I just haven’t felt like writing at all. I am in a very depressed state right now.

I have often talked on my blog about living on Weiss Lake; how peaceful it is and how much I love it. We knew we were living in a flood zone and could not purchase home insurance. We accepted that was a price we had to pay to live a simple life on the lake.

After living there for over 20 years, we have only flooded once, back in 2003. Normal pool level is 564′. That year the water rose to 567′ and only got into our porch a couple of inches. We had to pull up the ruined carpeting and replace the molding on the walls.

Our home is a 1965 model, 8′ x 32″, that we have built on to. We originally  built a level ground patio, and later took in most of the patio to add a living room and office, with steps leading up into the trailer.

On Sunday, December 27, the river began to flood. We moved what we could to higher ground and grabbed what we could take with us. The water was rising fast and nearly covered our driveway by the time we left.

We have been in a local hotel for 9 nights, going on to 10 nights, since December 27th. Red Cross did help us pay for 5 nights at the hotel and we have had people bring us food. So, people are helping.

We went to check on things yesterday afternoon, but the water still covered the road leading into our home. This morning, however, the water is down to 565′ and we are going this morning to check on things. We should be able to get in to see what is salvageable and what is a total loss.

FEMA has been helping us look for a handicapped camper trailer that we can move in to our land and hook it to the truck and pull it out if we ever get flooded again. My husband is a disabled vet and I am disabled, also. My husband does work as a CNP Manager at a local school. Together we make around $28,000 a year.

Family has helped us get funding to purchase a FEMA handicapped trailer, but there is so much more needed; getting everything set-up costs, getting our old home demolished and bulldozed away costs, plus we may have to have some trees cut down.

Our youngest daughter has set-up a go-fund-me account for us. Every donation, however small, is much appreciated. If you would like to help, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/ftgqsjdw

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,

Debra

 

 

 

 

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  1. Debra, I am so sorry to hear this. So many people have been hurt by these floods, in one way or another! I am on a shoestring budget, but I still have a roof over my head (so far), so I feel blessed, and I WILL be stopping by your GoFundMe page. I thought what little I could give would only buy a meal or two, but then I realized that if EVERYONE gave enough to buy a meal or two, it would be a huge help. So off I go! Bless you and loads of love and prayers as you go through this ordeal. You’ll come out the other side stronger, believe it or not. You WILL prevail!

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  2. Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:
    One of our own has been flooded out of their home. If you can help financially, even a little bit, her GoFundMe link is in this post. If not, please send your well wishes, prayers, and positive thoughts her way. She can use it at this difficult time! Thanks!

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  3. A little over a year ago, our house and property were severely damaged by a violent hailstorm. It was traumatic–and yet, we were still able to live in our home until all the repairs were made. Your situation is so devastating; truly beyond comprehension, unless someone’s suffered a similar loss. I’m so sorry. Prayers for everyone…

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  4. Reblogged this on The Weaving Word and commented:
    Debra is a fellow blogger and writer, who served with me for 2 years as a judge for the Dragon Knight Chronicles contests/anthology books. She has a generous heart and is always willing to help promote indie authors. I am sharing her post on my blog because she is in a time of need, possibly having lost her entire home to flooding. Any prayers, encouragement, or even donations we can send her way would be appreciated.

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  5. Debra,
    I am SO sorry to hear about the flooding. I am praying for you and your family and already shared your post on my social media in the hopes that others will join in the effort to help you in your time of need. I’m also going to send something through your gofundme page. I don’t have much, but if a bunch of us can give a little, it adds up. Please keep us updated on your situation, and stay safe.

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  6. Reblogged this on Andrea Lundgren and commented:
    And here I was, frustrated that I can’t get as much writing done as I’d like.

    A fellow author is facing the total loss of her home and many of her belongings, due to the flooding of a river by her home. Her daughter has set up a Go-Fund-Me account, and she can use all the support (in words and more) that we can give.

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