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Flooding at the Homestead: Part 2

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Gluten Free Thanksgiving Meal 2012
Our very simple gluten free thanksgiving meal. There was also cranberry sauce which is not seen in the picture. I had fresh green beans as well, but in all of the chaos, I forgot to put them out. lol!

While many people may have skipped making Thanksgiving dinner when faced with our crazy circumstances with the flooded cabin, I felt it was important to at least enjoy that part of our day. It also provided us with some good food to eat without having to stop to make up a full meal. Munchkin liked being able to grab food here and there as she got hungry.

Pine Plank Ceiling
The pine plank ceiling collapsed and was too damaged to salvage.

Since Munchkin wasn’t feeling well, she ended up keeping the dogs with her and resting most of the day. She also worked on the book that she was writing. Having the dogs with her allowed us not to have to worry about them getting into everything. The house was a mess.

Looking down the hall
The pine paneling on the walls was completely damaged due to the water. The wallpaper was pretty much the only thing holding the drywall together. It was a mess. The hardwood floors were buckling up and splitting because they were so saturated with water. They even squirted water at people when you walked on them. Okay, the squirting water part was a little funny. lol!

Our work began with pulling off all the water-soaked drywall. Man! I hate drywall. In many places, the only thing holding together the drywall was the wallpaper. D and I worked methodically as we removed drywall and flooring from the damaged rooms. We rested as we could. We didn’t have a lot of the needed tools at this point in time, but the work had to be done. It was Thanksgiving, so most stores were closed. We did end up making a run to Walmart later in the day as we needed to get some masks and safety goggles for our own health. We picked up an air purifier and a few other necessities.

Master bathroom floor
The master bathroom was also hit pretty hard. The floor, walls, and vanity were soaked. Mold was starting to grow in here. We didn’t realized how bad it was until we were able to get the vanity out. It was really bad under the flooring and vanity.

Friday was yet another day of demolition. We didn’t know what was going on with the insurance company as we hadn’t been contacted yet, so we continued to work. We had to take care of the home and remove the water logged, damaged building materials. Our debris piles continued to grow.

Pantry/Laundry Room Shelves
The other room hit was our large pantry/laundry room area. The flooring, drywall, and shelves had to be removed from this area.

Late Friday afternoon, we received a call from the claims adjuster. We talked for a little while as she gathered more information from me about what had happened and what rooms were damaged. We were discussing what we needed to do and what could be done when the call dropped. I didn’t hear back from her, so we continued to work.

Drips from the ceiling
Water was dripping from the ceiling for some time even after the water was completely turned off and all the saturated insulation was removed.

Over the weekend, I tried to get a hold of someone at the insurance company, but it didn’t happen. We really had no clue what was going on. We just knew that we were going to continue removing the material. The more we removed, the more we realized that the damage was more extensive than we originally thought. We just focused on the fact that the insurance company told us that we could remove whatever we needed to in order to make the home safe.

Debris Piles
This is just some of the debris that we cleaned out of the house. The piles were much bigger by the time that we finished.

Finally, on Monday, I was able to get in contact with someone at the insurance company. Somehow, with the holidays and some miscommunication during the dropped call, our claim had fallen through the cracks. Our claim was assigned to a claims adjuster.

To be continued….

Part 1

Part 3


  1. Jackie

    Oh Heather, I didn’t know this happened to you all, I am so sorry!
    Heavenly Father, I pray for this precious family during this time of struggle, and ask for your strength, provision, love, mercy, and grace for this family. Although we don’t know why this happened, we ask that you would provide all of their needs physically, emotionally, financially, and spiritually. Thank you for your continued provision and love during this season, and thank you for creating a wonderful testimony of your love during this “test.” We love you, Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

    December 5, 2012
  2. What a massive amount of work. Certainly not what you were expecting in your brand new “hideaway”. So sorry you are having to deal with all of this.
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    December 5, 2012

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