Donations for Dan

My name is David Finkenberg. I live in Mount Pleasant, SC. A good friend and former colleague, Dan Peet and his wonderful family, were greatly effected by Hurricane Irma at the most inopportune time. Not that there is ever a good time. In the middle of a career change Dan and his wife, 3 daughters and 2 dogs hunkered down in their house in Lehigh Acres Florida, so called because it is the highest spot in Lee County Florida. They are not in a flood zone and their house, built in the 70's, had never been endangered by flood waters. Emergency management even recommended that people who hadn't evacuated go to Lehigh Acres as it was safer than surrounding areas.
During the night, in the height of the storm, the water suddenly rose and in 15 minutes went from halfway up the yard to entering the front door. Dan and his wife took the 3 frightened children and carried them across the street through waist high water as the water entered their house. They ended up with at least 5 inches of water throughout the house.
They are currently camping at her brothers house which is also without power. FEMA and utility crews have been slow to enter Lehigh Acres but slow progress is finally being made.
Dan thinks that if he can get in and remove the floorboards and wet drywall it won't be a total loss but he has no idea when the adjuster will show up and allow him to do that. It may be a while making the damage worse. In addition, since he is not in a flood plain, he did not have flood insurance so he doesn't know what insurance or FEMA will cover.
The final extent of the damage and financial toll will not be known for a while but there will certainly be housing costs and some replacement costs. At this point that is what the money will be used for. I will update as I gather more info. Dan is also using all of the government resources available to aid him and his family.
Dan and his family are hesitant to ask for help as they are usually the ones helping others but they would be eternally grateful for any help we can provide.
Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions. Thank you for your generous support and I hope everyone is safe after the storm.

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Organizer and beneficiary

Tricia Finkenberg 
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Daniel Peet 
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