Cobb Family Baton Rouge Flood
(this is Bill in the shelter with their dogs)
Bill has told me at the least they have a $4,000 sewer expense to pay since their insurance (State Farm) will only cover $10,000 out of a $14,000 expense of dealing with sewage back-up in the house. On top of this they have expenses with Servepro, other deductibles ($500 with State Farm), the cost of replacing some personal items, the cost to re-paint (which insurance won't cover), and of course missing work for however long this takes to handle. The goal is to assist the Cobb family as soon as possible with funds because their utilities cannot be turned back on until the sewage / sheetrock / electrical repairs are made. We actually hope to reach $15,000+ in order to meet unexpected expenses (and compensate for some lost work for the foreseeable future (Bill said that would be amazing). Moreover, after seeing photos of their damaged home, it's clear this is going to be a longer process full of expenses. See the updates for new information and photos.
I live in the Sacramento area, but I got to know Bill through the appraisal industry (and we both have blogs, which helped us bond instantly). We've been talking online for nearly a decade. While I've never actually met Bill in person, I know he is a good guy and I count him as a friend. GoFundMe will send funds directly to the Cobb family. Any amount would be appreciated. Bill & Lisa are incredibly grateful. Thank you sincerely for your support and love during this time.
If you have questions, please let me know.
NOTE: I'll post a few updates like this per week. If you need to unsubscribe, no sweat. We'll keep you posted with any new information in terms of finances.
Here are two photos of what the neighborhood looks like. People basically have to throw out everything and start over. Right now Bill & Lisa's house looks like a gutted bank-owned property. It's been stripped of sheetrock from about 4' down throughout the entire house. Everything is gone. Cabinets. Flooring. It's concrete and studs for the most part.
Note to Appraisers: You've been incredible and you have really come through for Bill and his family. Thank you for showing your support and the unity that does exist in our industry in times like these.
Here are a few pictures from the weekend. Members of their church and other volunteers showed up to basically throw out all their personal belongings and gut the house under 3' or so where the waters rose.
Bill & Lisa are able to access your donations already, so thank you sincerely.
1) I didn't realize these updates are being emailed to everyone who supported. If you need to unsubscribe, that's fine. Don't even worry about it. Otherwise I'll keep them minimal at probably a few each week :)
2) I changed the goal to $10,000 from $7,500 (and originally it was $5,000). After seeing Bill's post on Facebook showing pictures of his house, it's clear there is much more work ahead. Bill & Lisa still don't know what insurance will and will not cover, but it's very clear this is going to be a longer process. I imagine Bill won't have his home office set up for quite some time. The good news is Bill & Lisa are staying with Bill's parents right now and are out of the shelter.
Thank you again for your support.
APPRAISERS: It's particularly touching to see appraisers across the nation support Bill. Appraiser colleagues, here are two pictures from Bill's office. I thought you'd like to see the results of the flood. Imagine water about 3' high in his office. This is why we are doing what we are doing.