Our Flood Survival Fund
FEMA did finally approve a very minimal payment for contents. Roughly 1/4 of what was possible, and 1/20 of the actual value of the lost contents. However, FEMA continues to deny us for the Jeep and "moving and storage", which we must continue to appeal.
We continue to live in a travel trailer four hours away from Denham Springs. We continue to struggle with caring for the combined 12 pets. When we had a house, clinic, and income, 12 animals was rewarding and easier to accomplish. Now, it is a challenge.
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The good news:
We have achieved roughly 25% of our campaign goal.
We have purchased a travel trailer to live in.
We picked up the 9 pets we had at another clinic, and have them with us now.
The bad news:
Donations have come to a screeching halt.
We had to pull the travel trailer out of town because local RV Parks are fully booked for the foreseeable future.
Our structure flood insurance on the home did not max out our policy limits despite 6 feet of water in the house. Normally, one could contest that finding, but now that Hurricane Mathew hit the East Coast, one must accept the finding or wait for several months for reevaluation.
Clinic Insurance, as minimal as it is, is moving very slowly. I have not heard anything from them since the inspector/adjuster came out and evaluated the damage.
As sad as this is, there are always low life thieves out there ready to pounce on an opportunity such as this disaster. Many of the few things we were able to salvage at the clinic, were recently stolen. It just adds insult to injury.
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1) we have achieved 20+% of our goal on our campaign. Please keep up the generous donations!
2) thanks to several non-profit groups, friends, and prayers, our home and clinic are now cleared and gutted.
3) our faith and appreciation for humanity has been renewed via the generosity of strangers, friends, clients, and acquaintances. The work, support, donations, and prayers have been amazing!
Some of the bad...
1) our travel trailer, which was at Dixie RV in Hammond for a yearly inspection and work order, also flooded. It had only gotten water to the lowest portion of the trailer, so for a time, we thought we may have an answer to where we would live. Unfortunately, the manufacturer decided that any trailers that got water, would have warranties voided and be totaled. So, there went that idea...
2) many of the credit cards, and companies we contacted in an attempt to preempt late fees and credit dings, had no way to stop the automated system from applying late fees and reporting. So, we are having to rehash everything, and will have to do so each month until we can re-establish a consistent income.
3) everything takes much longer than anyone realizes, regardless of who, or which company one is dealing with. One must "go to bat" just to get what is rightfully theirs.