Our feeling of safety lasted for about 10 minutes before water started coming in the house. (This home had never flooded.) By morning we had about 8", which is not healthy for anyone, let alone elderly and babies.) We then waded over to one of my son's neighbors who had a two story home and he invited all of us to come shelter there. That is where we stayed until a rescue boat showed up and took all of us to an expressway overpass, where my former son-in-law was able to get to us in his truck and took us to his parents home. (We had soooo many fantatsic friends and family help us through this ordeal.)
Now we have returned to our houses and the results are frightening. I ended up with 7 feet of water, my parents 5 1/2 feet, and my son about 2 feet, and obviously all our cars were gone. In addition, I have a storefront business called the Technology Lounge about 1/4 mile away from my home and it was wiped out. (The theme photo for this campaign is a picture of the Tech Lounge.)
So what do we need? That is a good question at this point. We all have flood insurance, but that doesn't cover temporary expenses while our home are being rebuilt. We have had an outpouring of friends donating clothes, and FEMA did give us each $500 for stort term medicine and other expenses, but we are all looking at expenses for temporary living for at least 5 months. Plus, with my business gone, so is my source of income until we can rebuild that. I really have no idea what kind of unexpected costs we are going to be facing, and how long the insurance settlements will take considering the massive amount of claims the companies are facing. So any financial support that you can give to my family would be extremely appreciated.
Thank you for taking to time to read our story. We are so grateful that we are all safe and sound, and to all the wonderful peole who helped us during our trials.
Mike & Patty File
Bob & Pat File
3520 Maple Drive
The following photos are pictures of my home, my parents home, and my business, taken after the waters receded.
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