Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thanks for your support!

On September 7, 2011, the Martin's family home was ravaged by flood waters.  They watched as the flooded creek outside their home crept closer and closer, expanding it's banks.  It blocked off their road so that nobody could go in or out, and their oldest kids couldn't get home from school and had to go stay with a family friend.  Vinnie couldn't get home before the road got flooded, and had to park a half a mile down the road.  When he got there, the septic system went out, and water started flooding the basement.  Slowly, it filled with water, and the bank of the river was taking over their yard.  It was coming close to the van in front of their house, and getting closer... fast.

Before they knew it, water was a foot deep in the basement.  All they heard outside was rushing water and trees cracking and breaking.  Within an hour, the rushing water was up to the house, and had busted down the garage door and started pouring into the first floor of their two-story home.  As the van in the front of the house floated away, the moved as fast as they could to move the pets upstairs to higher ground.  They got the cats and one pair of birds up there, but couldn't get to 3 other pairs in time.  They packed a small bag of stuff, and their parrot, and hiked a mile in the muddy, slippery woods.  All the while, carrying their two youngest children, the parrot, the bag, and Jessica's purse through the torrential rain.  Jessica said that the whole time they were walking, the parrot kept saying "Woah!... Woah!"  Finally, they got to Vinnie's car that was parked up the road, and headed to Jessica's mom's house, leaving their home behind.

They don't have flood insurance, and at the current time, do not know if they will have a home to go back to.  They do know that the waters claimed at least one car, and possibly another.  And that the basement and first level of their home were virtually destroyed, along with everything in it.

This blog was designed to be a central place on the web to organize fundraising efforts for locals, and non-locals alike.  Please check out all the tabs on the top of this page to find more info about how to help.  While we are gathering information and assessing damage, we are trying to spread the word, and collect monetary donations, and prayers/well wishes.  Please do anything you can to help out.

The van floating away
The beginning

Slowly creeping up

Right before they left
Their front yard, and the water carrying away their firewood.

Their street sign

UPDATE: 9/8/11 -  Jessica posted on facebook "Vinnie hiked through the woods to see our house this morning. Its still standing. Thank God the water hasn't come up to the next floor as of yet. They say the worst is yet to come in the next few days, so please keep us in prayer as we are very worried about losing our whole house. Our family is safe and really, that is all that matters."  I have also received word that they managed to move 4 more of the 6 remaining birds to safety.  However, the waters are still rising, and are very close to taking over the first floor of their home.


  1. So sorry to hear of this. Lots of prayers coming your way.

  2. I read about this at Spagetti Westerner. I chipped in a bit. Sending some good, dry thoughts, too!