Musician's Tiny House Caught In A Massive Flood


My name is Bruce Dunlap and I am a jazz guitarist and Director of GiG Performance Space in Santa Fe. 12 years ago I built my dream house/studio on a river in the woods.

Last Tuesday evening we had a true hundred-year flood in Rio en Medio just north of Santa Fe. I was in my house and suddenly there was a wall of water about 30 feet high and 300 feet wide that came down the valley (probably due to the fires here a couple years ago.) The house was knocked off its foundations and drifted a ways down the torrent. I managed to escape out the back window with the help of my neighbors. The picture below was taken after much of the water had receded. (This is usually a little mountain stream.) As you can see the porch and the front pillar were ripped off along with the wooden skirting. And you can see by the mud on the front of the house, the water was up above the high gothic window.

The next few pictures show the aftermath of the flood the following day.

The good news is that I am alive and feeling pretty darn grateful about it. The bad news is that my beloved house/studio was severely damaged and I will need to rebuild or completely renovate and purchase another car.. (The house is uninsured because it was built in 2010 before they had decided on the particulars for Tiny house insuring.) So in short I have to put my life back together from the ground up. Can you help please? I would be eternally grateful.

Additional information about my musical life is available here

With many thanks in advance to you kind people,

Bruce Dunlap

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