Friday, September 16, 2011
Going Home and Leaving Again
This photo was posted on PennLive.com September 9th, two days after we evacuated. Notice the clothesline in the photo, it will give you an idea as to how deep the water actually is. The back door of the blue house has a set of stairs going up to it. These are my neighbors houses. My house is actually on the other side of the white house you see on the left.
My husband went up the next day, after the flood waters had receded enough and the creek was back in its banks. We had water on the first floor of our house approximately 4 inches deep. Obviously, returning home wasn't an option. At this point, 3 days in the hotel plus meals was eating through our money. A friend offered to watch our children for the day so I could go and survey the damage for myself, as well as grab what I could for myself and the children.
I don't know if it will ever be livable again.
Needless to say, there are a lot of swirling questions and not a whole lot of answers right now. The foundation looks compromised. My husband battles the mold daily and its winning. My children miss their Daddy and their things. We have to wait for FEMA and see what they say. Meanwhile my husband has to stay at that toxic dump because there is nowhere for him to go and we're out of money for the time being. He has to work, and when he's there he spends his time packing up what he can.
I would like to thank our local volunteer fire company. They stuck around during the flood for as long as they could and have been actively helping everyone in the aftermath. I would also like to Amish community who arrived en force, helping to rip out flooring and a variety of other nasty jobs my husband would otherwise have to do himself. Some others have offered hot meals, showers and laundry service. Shockingly, the Red Cross was 'too busy' in other areas to bother coming to our town. I wonder if that's much of a consolation to the people who've been out of power for the past week; a hot cup of coffee and a silly donut can go a long way even after you've just learned your house has been condemned. That's happened to two houses so far.
As for me and the kids, we are staying with friends. That's a separate post, with a much happier aura.