HELP GLO RECOVER FROM HARVEY FLOOD




Hi, my name is Donnie DeAnda, Gloria (Glo) DeAnda's son.  Mom has been through so much because of the destrution of Hurricane Harvey and the severe  flooding it caused in Houston.  The worst thing that can happen to a mom/family is losing a child.  My young brother, Colby Osorno, age 24, drowned in a bayou.  He was Mom's "baby".  She only has two children, me and 22 years later, she had Colby.   Colby was still living with her and they had an extremely close relationship.  Losing him has been the most tragic and painful thing that has happened in our family.  She has been a single mom since Colby was 5 years old.  He drowned on August 28 and she got a call about the drowning 4 days later.  She is grieving deeply about losing him and I know she'll never be the same again.  No mother should have to bury her child.  We do not know at this time how he ended up in the nasty bayou water and drowned.  He was 6'4", young and strong.  It makes no sense that he would be swept away by flood water.  In addition to this tragedy, her home of 24 years flooded for the third time with about 5 ft of water.  This is the third time this has happened.  The first was Memorial weekend in 2015, the second was Tax Day 2016 and this was the third and the worst. Mom and Colby were temporarily living in an apartment while the house was being worked on and her apartment also flooded.  This is 4 floods total.  She lost everything - all furniture in every room including mattresses, beds, dressers, executive desk, chairs, tables, antiques, floor rugs, linens, hers and Colby's clothing and shoes and everything in closets not only because of the water but due  to the horrible mold that grew rapidly because the storm cut off electricity and the mold grew out of control on everything.   Most of what was in the apartment was new having been replaced because of the previous floods.  In the house all appliances (refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, washer/dryer), everything that was under 5 ft.  of dirty water that got into the house was ruined.  Her car also flooded and she only had liability insurance so the insurance will not cover the loss. We have insurance coverage to fix our home but unfortunately have a very limited amount for personal possessions lost in the flood.  Not anywhere near what it will cost to buy appliances, furniture for living room/bedrooms/dining room,  clothing and all misc. things that were lost in the flood and her vehicle.  Our house is located in the Meyerland area in Houston.  The first flood mainly affected the Meyerland area.  We have no explanation from the city/county why we suddenly began flooding three years ago every year.  We've lived in our home since 1993 and never had a flood prior to 2015. 
Any and all funds received thru gofundme will be used to help us replace all the personal possessions we lost in this horrible flood.  We had already lost so much during the first two floods including 2 vehicles.   Everytime we began fixing our house, another flood hit and whatever we were able to save is ruined and gets thrown out.  Mom is 65 and her only source of income is social security.  She needs temporary housing, furniture, clothing, food, vehicle, etc. all the necessities of living.  We have signed up with FEMA but were told we may only get some assistance for temporary housing.  We are waiting for a decision which may take months.  Any amount received will be greatly appreciated.  She has no immediate family - she is an only child and her mother passed away last year. Thank you so much and we would appreciate it greatly if you would pass this story to people that you know.  God bless you.
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Glo Deanda Osorno 
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Houston, TX
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