Posted on September 10, 2017
The Not So Good News:
Derek has finally been able to access their apartment. The outlook is not good. The water level in the apartment was apparently only about ankle deep, and there is no way of telling how long that water sat. What we do know is that even after the water receded, the apartment had days to sit at a high level of humidity… the perfect environment for mold. When Derek was able to enter their home for a short time, the mold problem was already evident. Wet, squishy carpets, furniture growing things, clothes damp or worse.
What this means: Functionally, the apartment is a total loss. They managed to salvage a few things on the initial visit such as art on the walls, some of their underwear, and their ukulele. They are planning another trip back for their dishes and glasses and a few other kitchen essentials. They can’t trust any of their clothing or stuffed animals. Much of their furniture took water. Their books are probably highly suspect in terms of mold spores.
They'll be starting almost completely over in a new place.
The Good News:
Derek's apartment complex has notified them that they will be released from their lease and they will recover their entire security deposit. Plus, Derek applied for FEMA to help cover immediate post-disaster needs, and they have been approved for a small sum of money for that purpose.
Thank you again to everyone who has already donated to and shared this fundraiser! Your help is deeply appreciated, and is making a difference.