Susan and Dan built their dream home out in the country just a few years ago with plans to retire there down the road but still be close enough to the Wilmington, NC area to be connected to their long-time friends and enjoy the beach.
On September 14, 2018, Hurricane Florence made landfall with a direct hit to Wilmington, NC. Dan and Susan were secure in their home, expecting the normal wind and rain affects as hurricanes in the past. They were prepared with hurricane supplies and a generator. Unfortunately, Hurricane Florence had other plans as the rains kept coming down and the Cape Fear River continued to rise. On Monday, September 17th , when the Cape Fear river still had not crested and their home became surrounded by flood water, they called in for help. Susan, Dan and their daughter Blair were air lifted to safety, escaping with a small personal bag each and their 3 dogs. They had to leave the rest of their belongings behind.
Susan and Dan prayed and hoped that the flood waters would not make it inside their home. Unfortunately, the river continued to rise and their home was flooded with 4 feet of water. It took 10 days until Susan and Dan would be able to see their home and property. The devastation the flood waters caused was horrendous and the odors were even worse. Their home, buildings, automobiles, furnishings, clothing, and personal items were destroyed by the flood waters. When they entered their home, everything was already being consumed by mold and broken down by the corrosive waters. Since they did not live in the flood plane, they did not have flood insurance. They have literally lost everything.
Susan and Dan are currently going thru the removal / demolition process, removing dry wall, cabinetry, carpeting, flooring, furniture, clothing, etc. They are trying to salvage the few precious gems when they find them. They are working on the mold remediation process and trying to dry out the house, using a borrowed generator, fans, and dehumidifier.
For anyone that knows Susan or Dan, you know what a wonderful couple they are and how giving they are to others. You also know how hard it is for them to finally say "we need help".
Susan and Dan immediately need funds to help with the removal / remediation efforts along with funds for those simple things we all take for granted that we seem to always have on hand - clothing, shoes, sheets, towels, toiletries, dishes, food, medicines, etc. Then they will need additional funds for the rebuilding and furnishing of their home. It will take at least a year for their home to be rebuilt. It will be a lifetime recovery.
Please help, however you can, to make their recovery a possibility.
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