The Anderson Family Flood Relief

$5,520 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 78 people in 46 months
Hunter Coleman
on behalf of Doug Anderson
 SUMTER, SC
I am a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Columbia.  So many people have been affected by this historic flooding event that has impacted South Carolina.  This hit home for me as well and while my family was fortunate to not be significantly affected, a co-worker of mine from the National Weather Service office in Columbia, SC had his home flooded and did not have flood insurance as his home was not located within the flood plain.

Doug Anderson and his family (wife Janet, daughters Audrey and Alicia and granddaughter Annalee) need your help.  This ex-military family was reunited just two years ago.  Doug took his dream job in the NWS but had to move to Bethel, AK without his family (to avoid uprooting the kids from their school and friends).  He returned to Columbia a couple of years ago and  purchased their first home.  They had have been working on it to make it their dream house.   After water pipes burst in their home during a hard freeze last winter, they had significant water damage. Due to the age of the home (80’s), insurance depreciation drastically lowered what they received from insurance. They had $25,000 worth of damage and insurance only covered $5,000.  They used that money and depleted nearly all of their savings to pay for the repairs.

The flooding from last weekend wiped out all of that work and money that was used to get the house back to normal.  They left their home Sunday morning as 4 feet of water entered the home, wading out with Annalee and their pets.  Audrey grabbed the family photo you see here on the way out.  They also lost both vehicles in the flood waters.  Since the water has receded, they have been fortunate to have friends help them begin to clean out the damaged furniture, nearly new laminate flooring, and 30 yrs worth of memories, but insurance will not provide assistance because they didn't have flood insurance.  They are seeking some assistance from FEMA but that is a slow process and will not cover the loss.

The Anderson family is a group of fighters with the short-term goal of saving their home, making it livable again and then rebuild the interior slowly as they can afford it.  Anything you can donate will help them at least get their home safe to return to within a few months. The money donated will be used to replace drywall, flooring, furniture and replace vehicles.  If you are unable to contribute, the Anderson family requests that you "please offer prayers. God can move mountains." Thank you so much for any support you can provide this family!
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Here is the lastest update from Doug himself on what is happening:

"We continue to be extremely blessed! We've located two used vehicles and are in the process of finalizing loans. Insurance settlements for our flooded vehicles will just cover what we owed on Janet's car, so we are starting from scratch again.

The house appears to be mold-free, and is dry :) We have secured a permit from the city to begin rebuilding, but must wait for a city inspector to perform a moisture test so we can get started. Estimates from contractors are ranging from $14K on the low end to $20K on the high end. We have received a grant of $9K from FEMA and are waiting to see if we can raise enough to help cover the rest. We are so thankful to all who have given so far and appreciate any and all future contributions to help us reach the rest of our goal. While a SBA loan is possible we hope not to incur additional debt especially as we are having to finance 2 vehicles and have had to spend almost $3K already on the HVAC, hotel, permits and other costs associated with the flood so far.

I am planning to do some of the interior work myself (baseboards, etc.) if I can, while leaving the flooring, walls, sheet rock and insulation to contractors to make sure it's done up to code.

Our future is bright through the love and prayers of our family, friends and supporters...but most importantly the blessings of our Heavenly Father! No matter how small the need, our prayers continue to be answered every day. We can't thank everyone enough!

Thank you so much!

Doug"

Know that Doug and his family appreciate all of your support, both financially and through sharing of this fundraising page and prayer. I encourage you to continue to share this page with any and all!

- Hunter
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Here is a quick update from Doug and his family. They are currently in a rental home for the time being and will be starting a search for replacement vehicles for their family. The demo work inside the home is underway as well as the sanitizing of the affected parts of the house. Their goal is that within a month they will have the house in good enough order to be able to make it livable again and move back in and start the rebuilding process little by little. They wanted me to let all of you know that they are so very appreciative of the generous donations that have been made and for those that will still come.

I would continue to urge you to share the link to this page and encourage others to help if they can with a donation or at least share the page as well with as many people as they can. Thank you all again so much for your generosity to Doug and his family!
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Here is an update from Doug and his family:

"As of today, Sunday, demo of water-damaged drywall, paneling and insulation has been done in the worst areas of the house, and I am working with another friend to finish living room and bedroom demo tomorrow.

Both vehicles have been totaled...the old truck may have a settlement of a few thousand, while Janet's Sonata will be paid off through comprehensive and gap insurance. Unfortunately, that puts us in uncertain shape for transportation based on how much we can afford in addition to trying to fix the house.

We are still in high spirits and please tell everyone how much love we send to all who are helping and praying for us. FEMA did inspect yesterday, but we won't hear anything back for 10-14 days."

Doug and his family are very grateful for the donations that have already been made. If you could please continue to share this page to help draw more people to it, that would be very much appreciated as well!
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Raised by 78 people in 46 months
Created October 10, 2015
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