Adkins Family Storm Relief Fund

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Raised by 33 people in 20 months
Mary Adkins  BLANCHARD, OK
We're the Adkins family (Ron, Mary and 4 kids).
Tho we are currently living in Virginia.. after 16 years, we had decided to move back home to Oklahoma to be close to family and 2 years ago, the process began with buying some land and started construction on a home there using our life savings and the future sale of our VA home.

With plans on moving home this summer and hopefully move into our home this fall, mother nature decided to throw us a curve ball and hit us during the May 6 storms.

Though our home under construction was intact, the one thing we would have never planned on ever worrying about (at least in our lifetimes), was a $65,000 engineered concrete bridge that was literally the only access over a pond leading to the lot.

It collapsed and was destroyed.
All access to the house construction is literally gone (unless by foot and climbing through the hole!).

A bridge engineer told us to repair and replace it correctly, we could be looking at $100,000 for a new bridge. This was something also NOT covered by any insurance nor could we get any assistance from disaster relief funds since it was a private bridge on private property.
But also because the bridge went over a flowing waterway, its construction would have to be done in a way that it would not disrupt it's flow. "Protected waterways" in OK was not something we knew about until this happened.

Luckily we have an amazing builder who stepped in and wanted to do everything they could to help us get a new one built that wouldn't cost us $100,000.. but with that, it also wasn't guaranteed to last very many years and we would possibly have to look at redoing the bridge again down the road if another storm like this hit.

As the rains have continued, more and more of the ground around the collapsed bridge have continued to fall in each day. With that, the cost of the potential bridge fix is going up.
We've been told we could be looking at anywhere from $15,000 - $20,000 with excavation, materials, labor etc.

The Commissioner of the Emergency Mgmt of Grady Co even told my husband that this was the worst destruction he'd seen (to a road or bridge) from this storm, but told us do what we could to get it fixed, but unfortunately not to expect any help from the county.


We are a family of strong faith and a family that people could come to if they were in need.
If friends or family ever needed money, a place to stay or just a helping hand in time of need,.. you could come to us - no questions asked.

It's a very humbling and heart wrenching moment to have the tables turn and be the ones on the asking side.
But that time for us has come.
We're at the end of our rope on knowing what exactly to do and how to pay for it with a home barely halfway to completion.


If anyone would be able to help contribute and help us rebuild this bridge to our home, we would be so extremely grateful from the bottom of our hearts and would pray God's blessing on whatever you could bless us with.

*See photos below of the damage.

Thank you and God bless,
The Adkins Family~















Video taken the evening before the bridge collapsed.. Water overpowering the bridge and flooding through.
Video taken on Mother's Day - my brother sent us this showing the bridge destruction.

My husband flew down to view the damage and figure out what to do to get it fixed - showing video of the grounds around it continuing to collapse.

AND NOW IT'S GONE...



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Update 5
Posted by Mary Adkins
18 months ago
Hello friends and family!

Sorry it's been a little while that we've made an update.
We got moved to Oklahoma just a few weeks ago, got the Uhaul all unpacked into storage units and getting settled with family as we finally attempt to get our house construction back on track.

The bridge - aka "pipe / culvert" project was successfully put in the weekend before our arrival in OK and when we arrived, we were actually able to drive across the massive hole and get to the house.
Other than about 18"+ of water that had been filling up in the basement, it seemed intact of any other damage.

The pipe/culvert that was put in the hole, was 9ft round and to accommodate the size, the driveway before and after the collapsed area had to be graded downward and the dirt was used to fill in the areas around it to make a new sloped driveway crossing over the pipe.

They put in some riprap (stone) to help with the water erosion around the pipe entry area as well as the discharge area, but not near enough needed to really keep the flow going where it needs to. That will have to come in time.

This of course is only a temporary fix as we were told the bridge solution went up to $140K, which we knew wasnt a financial option.
And once all the invoices are in - the completion of this pipe/culvert project is coming in around $35-36K.

We had our first real test a week ago when water from an upstream dam was broke and came flooding into our pond and rushed through the pipe. Thankfully enough, it held and did it's job!! :) Thank the Lord!

Now we are just hoping it'll continue to hold while we can slowly add more riprap and stabilize it more to make it hopefully last a little while longer.

We could NOT have done this without your help and again we just want to THANK each and every one of you who thought so selflessly and blessed us with your gifts.

This was such an enormous and unexpected ordeal for us to have been hit with, but we are so blessed to have amazing people such as yourselves in our lives as well as our builder (who knew nothing about bridge or even culvert construction!) to offer to help make this fix possible.

Thank you all again so very much and may God bless you in return!
Here are some photos of the latest fix.

Sincerely,
The Adkins Family~
The drop off on the left scares me :/
Pond side (entrance) of the new pipe
Drop off on left (discharge) side
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Update 4
Posted by Mary Adkins
20 months ago
Hey all, we wanted to give everyone a quick update on the status of our situation.

May 26, 2015 Obama signed Oklahoma's disaster declaration for several counties in the state and we immediately signed up for FEMA's disaster assistance.
Thankfully this will help many people in the area, but unfortunately we were denied any help.

This was due to the fact that our new home in Blanchard is not yet our primary residence since it is incomplete and our move there has not yet happened.

We've spoken to several other representatives to see if there were other options, but have been told unfortunately, we're on our own.

Until then, our builder is still confident that he can come up with a solution that, though it may not be long term, will fix the immediate bridge/culvert issue and allow us to finish our home and get moved in once completed.

If anyone maybe knows of individuals in this line of work or industry that may be able to contribute - whether it be donating their time or materials to help offset the cost, please forward them our way and again… we can't thank you all enough for helping us with your support and prayers. Your help will go a long way in providing us with a solution and get us home.
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Update 3
Posted by Mary Adkins
20 months ago
Once again we want to thank everyone for the support we have received thus far. Your generosity and prayers are greatly appreciated.
Unfortunately we’ve had another setback. As the rain continued to wash the ground away, the option to do a 'tank car culvert' is now no longer sufficient. The width of the hole is now around 75 feet across.

We had an engineer take a look at it out of the kindness of his heart, and his suggestion to support the water moving through, is an entirely new bridge. With that, we are now looking at $75,000 or more to build a bridge.
We are just numb at this point. We feel so strongly that this was and is where we are supposed to be, and we are being challenged at every turn. Our faith is being tested, but we won’t back down.
If you feel compelled to please share this with anyone you can to try to help us spread the word. Thank you again for your prayers and support.
View of the hole from the entrance
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Update 2
Posted by Mary Adkins
20 months ago
And so now this has happened ..
Our builder got stuck on the wrong side of the collapse bridge rubble .. and the rains today is washing even more away! I don't think our "tank fix" idea will cut it anymore.
Bridge rubble washes away
It just got a lot worse
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