Veteran Flood Victim

As those of you may have witnessed or heard north-bound and south-bound 287 was shut down 4/17/19 due to flooding and debris. What you may not have seen is at the bottom of that flooded valley was a home. The home was being rented by Wilmer Valles and his fiancé Catherine Roberts. In the home was a German shepherd, Onyx, and their four cats, Luna, Zeus, Elvira, and Pauly. While the cats were able to find higher ground Onyx was locked in his crate. When Wilmer Valles was finally able to make it to the home it took him and a DPS Trooper to push in the door where they discovered nearly 3ft of water in the house and Onyx up to his neck in water. All animals in the home were removed to safety but all of the major appliances, electronics, Wilmer Valles's vehicle, and other personal belongings were a total loss. The area where the house was located had not ever flooded according to locals to the area who had lived there for 20+ years. The large creek beside the house had become impacted with debris so there was no way for the water to travel under 287 as intended. This blockage, as well as downed telephone lines, had been reported 3 times to the county. They did not have renters insurance but renters insurance would not have covered flood damage anyways. The home in uninhabitable as it is caked in mud and standing water.
Wilmer Valles is a combat veteran in the United States Army. He has 3 overseas tours under his belt and 13 years of military service. He is still in the United States Army Reserves.
Catherine Roberts is a Corporal at the Wise County Sheriff's Office Jail and has been with Wise County for a little over 4 years.
Both are being assisted by the Wise County veterans office and red cross. A storage unit has been provided for donated items at the Decatur Storage.
They are not in need of clothing or food at this time. What they really need is some cash money to help get all this stuff dealt with and try to get back on track. Find a new home for them and their pets.

Donations (0)


  • DP
    Dawn Payne 
    • $20 
    • 2 mos
  • CB
    Charles Black 
    • $20 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $250 
    • 2 mos
  • CH
    Cody Howdeshell 
    • $250 
    • 2 mos
  • Elizabeth Cancel 
    • $50 
    • 2 mos

Organizer and beneficiary 


Tina Harris Thompson 
Organizer
Raised $1,455 from 8 donations
Alvord, TX
WV
Wilmer Valles 
Beneficiary
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