My brother, David, and his son (my nephew), Chris, lived for many years on Jolly Roger Drive on Cudjoe Key. Thankfully, they both evacuated as Hurricane Irma was heading toward the Florida Keys. They are safe and staying with friends in two separate states. However, the house on Cudjoe Bay, which received a direct hit, was severely damaged. It will be condemned and leveled. The rear concrete deck fell and the Gable gave way on the roof and filled the house with hurricane winds and rain and the storm surge. You can see in the photo that the boat is missing--just the trailer is there.
David has registered with FEMA to stay in a motel with Chris for a couple weeks as well as applied for an SBA disaster loan, but he will need much more than this. He and Chris have lost all of their furniture and most of their belongings. A business acquaintance from the Key West Homeland Security office down there has confirmed this.
Chris lived downstairs which was completely wiped out. David may be able to salvage some of his clothes and some items from the storage garage. David recently started his own business (A1AC ). He has his work van with all of his tools so he will be able to get back to work once he gets settled somewhere back in the Keys, assuming he can find somewhere to live. The Keys no doubt will be in desperate need of his services, but it is going to take some time for the lower Keys to get the infrastructure back in place before David can even begin to help with replacing damaged AC and refrigeration equipment. Therefore, he will need living expenses for a few months to see him through this period. Chris will likely live with him since he will eventually go back to his job at a parts store near Key West.
I am setting up this gofundme page because so many friends and family have expressed their concern and desire to help. David and Chris clearly need a lot of help after this disaster, and I am sure they would be extremely grateful and humbled by your generosity.
Thank you all for whatever you can do to help them. God bless you all!
(David Wells's sister and Chris Wells's aunt)
Here's a photo from the master bedroom (pre Irma).
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