After 11 years of renovating our house in San Fulgencio, it was now a beautiful family home where we raised our two young children. We also had cats and dogs to complete our happy family.
But after the floods of September 2019, the dream descended into an unbelievable nightmare. With minutes to spare, we had to grab a few belongings as the flood water seeped into our house, and of course, our dog, Skip.
As we found out a week later when finally the water had refuced enough to access the lane, at it's deepest, the dirty water had reached three quarters up the internal walls. This meant that it had touched, ruined and contaminated everything we possessed.
In just one day, the animal retrieval team had collected 731 dead animals in our area. Sadly our two cats Maggie and Selma are likely to be among them. Our children are devastated to have lost their pets, even more than the birthday presents they received just the week before.
It is something you never think will happen to you, a disaster that is on tv or in a movie. But here we are, homeless with just the clothes on our back. Everything we worked for, to provide a beautiful and happy home for our family, has been snatched from us.
It will probably take months for the government insurance to come to fruition and in the meantime we must pay the mortgage and utilities on an uninhabitable property. We must also begin the soul destroying task of itemising all of our belongings for the insurance.
To add more anguish, neither my husband or I are able to work whilst we are trying to sort out everything and look after our children whose school is still closed.
So, we ask if you can please donate anything to help us get through this terrible time.