With the help of volunteers, we "de-mucked" and demo'd the entire 1st of our home, now it's time for professionals to dehumidify, sanitize and dry, guaranteeing that all moisture removed and no mold; an expensive, but required and needed process, then the re-building of our home begins; dry wall, flooring, cabinetry, showers, bathtubs, etc...
Due to the sewage back-up, we also lost all appliances in kitchen & laundry room, except our stove-top and microwave. Homeowner insurance covers nothing. We are waiting for adjusters to inspect mine and Randy's cars. Mitchell's car was a total loss.
As you know, hundreds of thousands of people have been terribly affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston. We have a personal connection - my cousins Randy and Stacey Brandt were evacuated and their house flooded. As with most people in their situation, homeowners insurance will not cover any of the damage. Cost estimate is over $100,000 to repair their house, probably over the course of at least 4 months, which means they also have to rent a place over that time. FEMA may only provide around $5k-20k at very best. I read the average for Katrina and Sandy was only about $7k. This financial disaster is made worse by the fact that Randy's small business is also affected, dramatically impacting their income right now.
I'm sure everyone is donating to charities more broadly covering this tragedy, as are we. I'm starting this GoFundMe in hopes that family and friends can find some extra funds to help this wonderful family. Their three boys and our other family in the region are all helping, but we are so far away we want to try to help financially.