They live in Burgaw, North Carolina, near the North East Cape Fear River. The Northeast Cape Fear River crested at over 25 feet (the flood stage is 10 feet.) last week.
Currently there is 4'-6' of water in their house and 10' + feet of water on their property.
The highway closest to them has been topped by 7 feet of water and it will likely be weeks before they are able to assess the damage in person.
Pat and Trisha have 6 children ranging in age from 4 months to 19 years.
Their oldest son John just started college in August. Peter just started his first job in July. Mary has been busy learning the piano. James has been and continues to be an avid Star Wars fan. Joseph is a strong reader at age 6. Baby Annie was born in May.
Thankfully they were able to evacuate and everyone is safe, but as you might imagine it’s going to be a long, tough road ahead.
They have flood insurance but it will not cover the losses. At this point, it appears that the flood insurance will only cover the cost of the structure. No housing while they rebuild or food....etc.
They will need to buy clothes, new books for the children (all of whom are homeschooled), college tuition for their eldest, food, medical, rental, lost wages, etc.
Basically, they will need everything in order to start over.
Your donations will be used to help them with these needs.
Hopefully they will receive some assistance from FEMA but we are not sure at this point how long that process will take.
We are trying to assist them by filling in the gaps from now until they are able to receive insurance/other assistance.
We thank you in advance for anything you are able to contribute as they begin to rebuild.
We have opened a bank account with First Bank specifically for these funds and Pat and Trisha will be able to withdraw monies as they need.
If you would rather give gift certificates or money cards or cash, please reach out to me or Teresa.
Matt and Teresa Dean
(Pat's brother and sister-in-law)
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