On Monday, August 13th Amanda Wright and her five children woke up to their Port Carbon home surrounded by flood waters caused by the swift heavy rainfalls that soaked the mountainous coal region of Schuylkill County. News quickly reached Amanda’s husband, Christopher, a military serviceman who is currently deployed with the Army over 6,000 miles away in the Middle East.
After surveying the damage, the family is now displaced from their home for the foreseeable future because of the damage left behind from the flood and mold infestation. The Wright Family home is connected to Amanda’s family’s construction business, which also suffered significant damage and loss of equipment.
A Civil Servant Family
Chris is a Trooper with the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and a Chief Warrant Officer in the United States Army/ Pennsylvania Army National Guard. In January 2018, Chris deployed to the Middle East. While Chris has been serving oversees, Amanda has been single handedly running the household, taking care of the home and caring for their five children. Madison (13), Caden (11), Isabella (10), Alaina (6) and Gabrielle (4) are tremendously active children, who are involved in soccer, baseball, cross country and with their church.
The family is extremely close to Amanda’s parents, Kent and Janie Cooper, who live locally. The Cooper’s run a construction business out of a warehouse they own in Port Carbon, which is connected to Amanda and Chris’ home.
A Heavy Rainfall
After a Summer of already record-breaking rainfall, in mid-August 2018, Schuylkill County (located in northeastern Pennsylvania, north of Harrisburg) received heavy rainfalls that overflowed the area waterways, including the Schuylkill Rivers and Mill Creek. The waters flooded the streets of the town of Port Carbon, flowing heavily between the homes. You can find local news coverage of the flooding here.
The Wright family home and the connected warehouse was surrounded by the mucky flood waters. The waters entered the warehouse, flooding out and ruining some of the equipment. The family home’s foundation was submerged by the waters, causing severe damage and mold to the structure of the home. The flood waters were contaminated with sewage, oil, gas and kerosene.
Because of the location of the home, the property was not suitable for flood insurance. The family is now forced to move out of the home that they have resided in for almost a decade with no forecast of aid from insurance.
How to Help
Any financial assistance the Wright Family can attain will help them rebuild a place for them to live.
Currently the family is moving out any of their belongings that they can salvage and moving in with Kent and Janie, who also suffered financially by the loss of their company’s equipment.
As of now, the family believes that the home is not able to be saved because of the extent of damage. Therefore, they have lost their home, with no way to repair it and seeking options to find a permanent home for the family of seven.
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Any help we can receive for this loving family who serves and protects so many others is truly appreciated, as now is a time that they need to be served and protected. Thank you for the kindness.
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