Terry Sullivan's #Harvey Help Fund

Our mother, sister, grandmother, and friend Terry Sullivan has been hit heavily by Hurricane Harvey. While things looked promising in the first 24 hours of the storm, the release of the Addicks Reservoir made it impossible to keep the water out of her home and neighborhood.

Terry's daughter Melissa managed to reach her Monday night just before the last road was closed. They fought the good fight to stay until the last possible minute. By Tuesday afternoon, the release of the reservoir had forced several feet of water into Terry's home that lies above the 500-year-flood line. Unfortunately, Houston is facing an even more cataclysmic flood than had been predicted. 

We are blessed that her grandson-in-law, Travis Martin, fought to come to Terry and Melissa's rescue by boat on Tuesday night, not to be stopped even by the coast guard. After riding by boat and the back of a garbage truck, family and pets are all safe, but her dog, her medicine, and a trash bags of random clothes are her only current posessions. The full extent of the damage will be difficult to measure until they are able to return to her home. 

The storm has passed, the work is beginning. We know family and friends will be assisting Terry after the water becomes passable to clear her home but we currently have no idea how high the water has risen.  Each passing day makes her recovery much more difficult. Funds contributed will be used to help restore the damage to Terry's home, car, clothes, furniture, etc as best we are able. 

Any contribution you can make to help Terry recover from the damage dealt is greatly appreciated by her and our family. We will update the photos as we work to restore her life.  Please come back to watch the progress of your generousity.

See the updates tab for full details on our progress, and the short version below!

Update 1: David and Kirk visit the house to salvage some of Terry's belongings and take stock of the damage.

Update 2: After falling down in her kitchen as the water first entered the house, Terry started experincing back pain. We leared she fractured and compressed one of her vertebrae. She has since undergone surgery and is recovering.

Update 3: Work is starting at the house now that the water has receeded enough to allow it. Floors and walls are being ripped out to prevent mold and furniture is being disposed of.

(Gofundme account being managed by Terry's childern and grandchildren on her behalf)



Terry's livingroom Tuesday morning - water rising!



Addicks Reservoir which Terry lives near


Indomitable Spirit - Terry, Melissa and their dogs leaving by boat on Tuesday evening. No pictures of them riding in the back of a garbage truck once to land.

To make sure we meet Gofundme's fraud protection requirements:
-Account created by Lauren Morton, Terry's granddaughter in Indiana
-Funds will be spent (as far as we can estimate) on repairs to the house necessary from flooding and replacing lost items like clothes, furniture, and other personal possessions
-Terry is being set up as beneficiary to the funds with assistance from her grandkids Katie and Heather in Houston with her

Donations

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  • Cheryl Dancak 
    • $200 
    • 39 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $500 
    • 40 mos
  • Renee Lesley  
    • $100 
    • 41 mos
  • Michelle Morton Davis 
    • $100 
    • 41 mos
  • Donna Willbanks 
    • $200 
    • 41 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Lauren Morton 
Organizer
Houston, TX
Terry Sullivan 
Beneficiary
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