My Uncle JC and Aunt Martha live in the house you see in these pics. They had chest deep water in their home of 47 years, and had to be rescued. They don't have flood insurance, as it had NEVER flooded. Ever. He is 76 years old, and suffering from Alzheimer's.
My cousin Mike, his wife Shona, and their two girls also were flooded out of their home, also lacking flood insurance, as it wasn't an issue anyone saw coming.
JC's daughter Lisa, and her daughter Emily, took water in from above, as their roof began leaking and was destroyed. They need a new one.
And my Uncle Jim, mom's brother, had water shin deep in the family home. He's currently ripping out and saving whatever he can.
The pictures you see are of my hometown, Orange, TX. It's just a glimpse of the devastation the rains brought. The clean up is going to be a long process. Not only will they have to dry out and try to salvage their homes, but they also need to replace many things that were ruined.
After having many friends ask how they can help, I think it's safe to say that monetary donations are the best course of action. I can't begin to imagine the costs of getting life back on track. The outpouring of love and support has been so great already. These, like so many, are good, proud, hardworking, salt of the earth people, and I know they, and my family, will be grateful for ANYTHING you can spare. Thank you so much.
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