A family was searching for a place to stay after being forced from their storm-damaged home.
Carla Slone said that she and her family have lived in a rented home since September. Seven people and 10 animals were living at the home until storms struck on June 29.
A large tree landed on the roof of the house and then ended up in their backyard.
“We are just in a world of mess,” Slone said. “I mean, it’s devastating what’s happened to us. You don’t think this is going to happen.”
Slone said the tree knocked the house off the foundation, and the entire home will have to be demolished.
“Our floors were sinking to the middle of the house, and the tree of course had taken out the backside of the house, the porch and everything in the yard,” Slone said.
The storm, which left the home without power, also caused water damage.
The mother said that it was hard to find an affordable place to rent for her large family. The American Red Cross is offering money for the first month’s rent at a new place, but Slone said that she needed more help.
For the past two weeks, her children have stayed with relatives while she and her husband slept at the damaged home.
“We have been sleeping here on the porch, because the inside is not safe and we have nowhere else to go,” Slone said.
Slone said that she does have renter’s insurance but has yet to receive any money.
Red Cross officials said that they have provided resources to the Slone family to assist in finding a new home.
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