I want to begin by introducing everyone I am going to speak of. I am Kristen McLain. I live in Leland, NC with my best friend Cearra Meyer, along with her boyfriend Russell Darrow, and her dad Tom Meyer. Hurricane Florence has had such an impact on so many people, but I want to take a second and ask for help because that’s all we can do. Cearra Meyer and Russel Darrow were able to evacuate to Pennsylavania. Tom Meyer and I stayed for this hurricane. Florence wasn’t a bad hurricane at first, but when Tom and I woke up on Saturday morning we were trapped upstairs. At five in the morning there was 5ft of water in our two story home in Stoney Creek Plantation. I hadn’t had any cell service during Florence until we were trapped. My phone all of a sudden started working. We called 911 for help, but we were told that the situation was too dangerous to send anyone out to help us. We were able to get ahold of family memenwe who reached for help. A neighbor whom we had never met before had a boat and he came at six in the morning to rescue us. We have three dogs and a cat that we needed to rescue as well. We climbed out of my bedroom window on the second floor and climbed onto a ladder into the boat. We passed the dogs off one by one and the cat as well. God let us survive. Another neighbor whom we had never met gave us a ride to shelter where we were and still are safe. My car is completely underwater. Tom’s truck is completely underwater. Tom is a home repair specialist owning his own company called Miracles by Meyer. He had $15,000 worth of tools in the garage that are now ruined. He is now out of work because he has no tools to work with. Cearra, Russell, and I have been out of work now since September 12th. Cearra and Russell are now stuck in PA due to all of the flooding. We have spoken with the insurance company for the house and the flooding is not covered. I called my car insurance and they are also telling me that they will not cover my car. We have lost two vechiles, a house, all clothing, all furniture, etc. We are reaching out to anyone who is willing to help us during these hard times. Any money donated to us will be used to replenish everything we lost. We know that we survived because of God. Without Him by our side, we would not have survived this. Our hearts goes out to every person who is a victim of Florence and we are continuing to pray for all victims.