One month and two days ago my family was evacuating from the path of the storm. We went east because that was the only path open to us. My husband had found a hotel in Rayne, Louisiana that would allow us to bring our cat with us. We loaded belongings into two vehicles and drove two hours and forty five minutes to a safe place.
Six days later the flood waters finally receded enough for us to drive home, by a round about path, taking six hours to get home. We arrived to our home and walked in to a smell of mildew that was so strong we didn’t stay long. We put our kitty in the garage for the night and headed to my husbands work site to get information about the hotel where they were putting their employees. That evening we checked in to the hotel. A nice double queen suite with a desk for our laptops a couch and coffee table. Enough storage for clothing for the three of us.
The next morning we got up, had breakfast downstairs and then drove home to see what we could do. We were met by a group of my husband’s co-workers and some friends who were ready to help us pack up and clean up.
The work went ahead for over a week, working from can till can’t (or way past that actually). The blessings just kept coming. From help with everything at the house and honestly we were very grateful for those who helped us focus and make decisions. Another service paid for by my husband’s company began as soon as we were through with most of the moving of our things. Service Pro came to tear out floors and walls and spray for mold, then they set up fans and dehumidifiers to clear the house of moisture.
After 26 days we are still waiting for the insurance adjuster to come and give us a quote. We’re working as we can, driving thirty minutes to get to the house, pulling nails, cleaning floors, installing insulation, packing the rest of the stuff from the house, small décor pieces, pictures, food, etc.
Tomorrow we move to a new hotel, one we will have to pay for, and that’s okay. We’re grateful that we have had a month to recover. We will be closer to the house and it will be easier to go back and forth several times a day to check on the cat and work and then go back to a comfortable place to take a nap.
What lies ahead we don’t quite know yet except that it will be different. Praise God for His continued mercies and blessings. I’ll check in next month to let you know how things are going. Until then may your days and families be blessed.