On September 6th, our niece, Christa Henry packed her 6 children into the van and headed north out of Ft. Myers, Florida. Her job was to physically & emotionally shield the kids from Hurricane Irma. At the same time her husband Ben was battening down the hatches of their home and implementing whatever precautions he could in anticipation of Irma's arrival.
Then in the waning hours of Sept. 10th Irma blew through Florida causing a devasting loss for the Henrys. The only home Lily (9), Ruthie (7), Josie (6), Everett (5), Shepherd (3), and Eloise (1) ever knew was flooded along with their vehicles and garage. Their septic tank broke during the storm, making all the flood water contaminated and making everything inside the house unsalvageable. They received over five feet of water inside their house and it is receding at a very slow pace. As of 9/14, there is still over two feet of water in the house. They have been without electricity since Irma came through as well. They have lost everything they have worked so hard for and they do not have flood insurance. It goes without saying they were relieved their family was safe, and so too were their neighbors. But now they are faced with an unimaginable challenge.
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