June 4, 2016 was my first time back home to see the damages from the flood. Three inches of water came into our home and a layer of mud, just enough to ruin all the floors. Some areas that had chipboard buckled and the walls started to warp. The house feels like the wacky shack again. The river’s current was so strong it unleveled our home and washed out dirt from under the home. Outside and around the property had a lot of debris. My garden completely destroyed. Our metal building received 4 or more feet of water and ruined all of Dale’s tools. Another building housed our riding lawn mower and it was fully submerged under water and we both loss our vehicles. I know sounds very depressing, huh!
Emotionally at first, I felt so displaced! Then the realization of our home being flooded was heartbreaking. We have gone through some stages of sadness and depression which is normal for anybody! Most importantly Dale and I realize we have each other and are very grateful that no lives were lost in our neighborhood. Throughout this whole situation we have been blessed by our church, friends and family. We are keeping the faith!
The Clean Up
Everyone in our neighborhood is in the process of cleaning up! As you drive through, you see furniture and items damaged from the flood in people’s front yards. Homeowners are ripping up floors and sheet rock so they can rebuild. Big dumpsters have been placed throughout the neighborhood to throw trash. It looks like a war zone! Things are a mess a big mess!
Dale and I didn’t know where to begin! We made a decision to take it one day at a time. Making daily goals helped me. My first day of clean up, I made a goal to clean out the fridge and to gather clothes that were salvageable. The second day, I literally had anxiety! I felt ill knowing I had to go back to the house. If you’re wondering what the big deal is, it’s the smell after a flood; the smell of dead animals, the dirty river water and mildew. Prayer is what got me through the next days ahead. On Saturday June 11, 2016 family came to help us! With their help we got a lot done! It was awesome! The women help me pack, the men loaded furniture and helped Dale clean out the buildings. Having our family here to help was such a great blessing! My hero’s! We have just a few things left to do, almost done clearing out our house. For now we are going to take it one day at a time. We are keeping all options open and have not made any decisions yet if we will rebuild or not.
Thank you so much for your prayers and all your encouraging words. Much appreciated! Love Dale & Elizabeth
Special thanks to the Red Cross for bringing us meals while we go through the process of cleaning up! Special thanks to the men and women who have volunteer to help the flood victims and for bringing hope to our community! They are amazing!