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Lava Is Destroying Our Farm

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Aloha,

When the eruption began it was not far from our home and we were content that we would be 'okay' and safe.  A week later we evacuated in fear of being inundated by toxic gasses.

Then everything changed in a moments notice. 

The lava had opened up two large fissures,  number 20 is right next to our house.  The lava has not destroyed the house but there is a good chance we may never be able to live there again;  only time will tell.  

We had 6 sheep,  7 goats,  3 cows,  and 40 chickens,  including the famous rusty the lava rooster,  most have been evacuated by SPCA,  I am thankful but fear we may never see or get them back.  All of our 200 plus fruit trees are dieing or at least are in distress from the sulfuric acid rain.  Our organic garden is dead,  grass and most vegetation in general area affected adversely.  We are camping on a beach in a tent,  over two weeks now with our four dogs,  Lucy,  Dingo,  Tipper,  and Roxy.  We are all tired and not very happy because we don't know what the future holds for us. 

What do we need,  we need mostly for our lives to get back to normal.  A home,  we would like to get all our beloved animals back together.  To estimate how much we need,  we would be happy for a simple home. Unfortunately we had spent much of our savings on our land and worked to plant our orchard,  grow our own food and live off the land,  and were in the process of growing a herd of goats to make cheese and yogurt.

Aloha again

David and John



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We are still waiting for access to our property. We’ve heard rumors that sometime in January they may begin to rebuild the road. We did visit the property a month and half ago. It was a very sad moment to see the destruction, everything in the house was destroyed and even metal and glad was melted. We did see life coming back. The banana trees were thriving, the jabacabata also. Most everything else, all trees dead, even well established trees. There were pigs everywhere and mongoose. We also lost 2 sheds. I did find some tomatoes and Thai pumpkins growing as well as some papayas. Coconuts were stressed but alive. John and I are ready to get to work. We are in Mississippi, as the time brought us here my mom became ill, she’s 89, so the positive side is that Pele brought us here to care for her. Everything will have to wait.
Lava steaming after morning rain
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Darla Lopez, we do plan to return, but we don’t know if access will be possible, that is up to the county. We hope insurance will pay off but that is up in the air and we definitely need those proceeds to rebuild. There is rumors the whole area may be declared uninhabitable, the county and state are mum on any decisions. Yes, so many have lost much.
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We still haven’t gotten anything done for getting insurance, everyone seems to be in a hurry to get nothing done. Still waiting on Civil Defense, what are they doing?
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This is the laters and most revealing photos of our house, we cannot imagine that anything has survived.
It lasted over 90 days
Notice the 1 lawn chair, 2 ice chest, an
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