McDermott Family Flood Relief 2016

For: Josh McDermott, Erin McDermott
Denham Springs, LA
Organizer: Jenna McDermott
$14,600
of $15,000 goal.
Raised by 142 donors
97% Complete
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The Story

As many of you know a rainstorm of historic proportions has hit South Louisiana with a vengeance. Thousands of families lost everything including my brother Josh and his family. As they awaited rescue and the waters rose, they had to make the decision to leave the house on foot carrying only what they could, leaving the family dog behind. They were rescued from the rising waters by a few of the many heroes who have done amazing things over the past couple of days.

They are now safe and dry in one of the many shelters in the area. Yes, we are grateful that they are safe, but as reality hits they will need support to live and begin to rebuild. As this river has never flooded in its entire history and Flood Insurance was not required, we do not think they will have coverage at this time. They will have lost almost everything inside the house, and out, including their cars in this terrible disaster. We can all imagine how long and tedious this process of rebuilding will be.

Many people have asked what they can do to help and this page is in response to all of the loving, thoughtful notes. It's going to be a long road ahead, but this is a start.

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

2 Corinthians 1:4 "He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us."

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 29, 2016

Posted on August 29, 2016

The guys are doing an AMAZING JOB and things are coming together! We are so lucky to have these great men in the family, willing to donate their time and skills to rebuild Josh & Erin's home. Insulation and drywall are mostly done, putting up wainscoting and trim, more help arriving to paint all this.  Flooring is stacked in the garage and waiting, that will come next. Appliances will arrive this weekend! Vehicles are on the list yet, as well as furniture and then all the other things needed to set up a home - lawnmover, small applances, food, bedding...your generosity is making ALL of this a reality. THANK YOU!!!

Posted on August 27, 2016

Posted on August 27, 2016

Sheetrock and doors are ALMOST all done!! Still awaiting word from FEMA, so your generous contributions have paid for all of these materials as well as laminate flooring, electrical supplies, trim, paint...the list goes on and on.
School is scheduled to start in about two weeks, it will be great for Erin and the kids to get back on schedule.  Josh is back at work, thanks again to Tiger Honda for the loaner vehicle.
Shout out to Mike - thanks for picking up the bunk beds Jerry found on craigslist in Houston, and trailering them to Josh's this week. They will be ready and waiting for the boys when they move back in.  We are keeping our eyes open for master bedroom furniture, kitchen table and chairs, dressers, etc - they will likely need to be purchased and transported, household items are SO scarce in the Denham Springs area. 
Once again, THANK YOU for your continual support, we could not have done this without each and every one of you!

Posted on August 25, 2016

Posted on August 25, 2016

The house is gutted and ready for rebuild, moisture levels are low enough to begin, mold treatment is compete, but getting building materials is proving to be exhausting & frustrating. Orders are placed, but materials don't come in. Deliveries are scheduled and then they just don't happen. The crew has arrived and are ready to work, but are spending most of their time on the phone or at the customer service desk. Don't these stores realize there was a disaster, thousands of homes in need of serious repair? Or are they as oblivious as so much of the country seems to be?
Everyone's pile still sits in their yard, awaiting pickup. They've filed for FEMA but no idea when that may arrive or what to expect.  Josh is back to work, but the school was damaged so Erin and the kids are still on hold.  
Hoping we have pictures of progress soon...

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