Flood Help for Monica & Alberto

Monica and Alberto suffered a major flood loss on August 11th at their Nutley, New Jersey home due to sudden run-off from heavy rainstorms that wreaked havoc in the northern part of the state.  Over five feet of water in their basement destroyed everything. About two and half feet in their backyard damaged many items in the garage and shed, as well. 

Unfortunately, after providing initial clean-up services, their homeowners insurance carrier has denied their claim. Because their home had no flood history and is not located in a flood zone, they did not have separate flood coverage.

Monica and Alberto are now faced with huge unexpected repair and replacement costs at a time when their expenses are already high due to Alberto’s recent shoulder surgery, tuition for Monica’s PA program, and upcoming college costs for their son Gabriel.  Some of their major expenses from the flood include:

§  hot water heater - $1000
§  boiler - $1800 repair / $5500 to replace if not repairable
§  washer & dryer - $1000
§  insulation and sheetrock - $6000
§  electrical – $3000
§  shower & fixtures - $1500
§  painting - $1000
§  flooring - $3600
§  exterior wall construction - $2000 (to close-off the basement’s rear entrance to prevent future flooding)

This list is far from exhaustive and is already approaching $20K, not even including the furniture and other fixtures that were destroyed.

Together we can raise the funds to help them out at this difficult time.  They have always been the type of people to lend an immediate hand to those who needed it. Now they are the ones that need some help. Please join me in contributing what you can.  All donations are greatly appreciated and will be gratefully acknowledged. 

In a year, perhaps we can all gather to celebrate the renovation, our part in it, and the importance of family and friends in our lives.

Thank you all.

Linda Baum

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Linda Baum 
Nutley, NJ
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