Our Flood Survival Fund

$7,100 of $20k goal

Raised by 83 people in 7 months
Hello, my name is Michael Whitlock and my wife's name is Leanne. We are an animal loving family from Denham Springs Louisiana. We recently escaped the Great Flood of 2016, but lost our home (6feet of water),Veterinary Clinic (8 feet of water), car and Jeep (underwater) We did manage to rescue our animals, most of which we had to leave with another Veterinary Clinic nearby. Unfortunately that clinic took on 2-3 feet of water as well. By the Grace of God all our animals survived. However, as of now, we have no way to go get them, nor a place to keep them even if we could. We have been denied help by FEMA because we had an Insurance policy that covered the structure of my home only. We had no contents coverage. FEMA does not cover businesses. Therefore, we are homeless, without any form of income, and do not know what we are going to do about the debt we had so vigorously been trying to pay down.  Your donations will go a long way toward helping us cover living expenses, make minimum payments to keep credit cards current, and aquire help in gutting our house and clinic to prevent mold growth.  We never thought we would be in this position, but we direly need your help. If you are unable to make a donation, your prayers would be appreciated greatly. Thank you so much.
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Update 3
Posted by Leanne Mike
3 months ago
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In the month since the last update we received notification from the City Of Denham Springs that due to more than 50% damage to our home and clinic, both structures will be required to be elevated. The cost of elevation is more than the value of the buildings.
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.
As we post this update on Giving Tuesday, we ask that you share our campaign with as many people as you possibly can.
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Update 2
Posted by Leanne Mike
5 months ago
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Well things have slowed down significantly. The hustle and bustle of trying to get the house and clinic gutted and cleared have passed. Now, the rush to appeal the FEMA denial and get a complete contents list to the clinic flood insurance, for minimal coverage, becomes a priority.

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.

Please share our campaign with friends, family, and contacts. We appreciate your thoughts, prayers, donations, and shares.
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Update 1
Posted by Leanne Mike
6 months ago
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A lot has happened, good and bad, since the start of the campaign. We will start with the good.
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.
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Kathy Varnado Gayda
6 months ago

Please call or email me, I may be able to help with one of the issues you're facing.

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$7,100 of $20k goal

Raised by 83 people in 7 months
Created August 21, 2016
$100
Anonymous
3 months ago
DM
$20
Danielle Militello
3 months ago
$150
Jennifer Aswell
3 months ago

You guys are in my prayers!

TA
$150
Tom Aswell
3 months ago

For all you did for Penny, this isn't nearly enough but please accept this as a token or our appreciation. We also were denied by FEMA, that worthless P.O.S. agency.

SF
$500
Stephanie and Barry Faulk
3 months ago

Dr Whitlock- I am so sorry you were so negatively impacted by the flood. We are praying for you.

CP
$25
Choloe & Rocky Porter
3 months ago
JC
$100
Jackie Calandro
3 months ago

Mike/Leanne. I am so sorry for your loss. I have always appreciated the way you guys treated me and my pets throughout the years. You guys are missed by me and Pepper. If I can assist in any other way please let me know how I can help.

CF
$50
Caitlyn Fitzgerald
3 months ago
CP
$50
Charlotte Petty
3 months ago

Hoping to see you soon. Let me know when construction starts. I can help.

$50
Anonymous
5 months ago
Kathy Varnado Gayda
6 months ago

Please call or email me, I may be able to help with one of the issues you're facing.

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