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Could you imagine losing the home that you’ve lived in for all of your life? The place where your parents raised you, and the place where you are raising your own children? For Tracy, survivor of Hurricane Ida, this is her reality.
Tracy has lived in the same home in Sellersville for 41 years, the entirety of her life. The house was passed down to her from her late mother and she is raising her three children there along with her husband of 13 years.
Their home is located directly next to Mill Creek, and has suffered damage from countless floods throughout the years. Hurricane Ida, however was their worst flood yet, and quite possibly their last.
When Hurricane Ida hit, Tracy was at work. “I drove home from work as quickly as I could so I could get my family and we could drive away from the flood, which barely made it through the water,” she explains. Tracy and her family left everything behind.
They were able to find a hotel to stay the night while Ida destroyed nearly everything they owned. “We lost my late mother’s wedding album. We lost my porcelain doll collection that I’ve had since I was a child. There’s just so many little things that meant so much, and they were all just washed away,” she reflects.
“All that we had were the clothes that we were wearing. We didn’t have time to take anything else, not even food,” she adds. Losing their beloved pet cat, their chickens and chicken coop, as well as all of the treasured belongings in their home, Tracy’s family was heartbroken and dismayed.
“The entire process has been extremely stressful for us. Following the storm, we stayed in a hotel for three weeks until we were able to find a temporary apartment, which is where we’re living now. We are responsible for cleaning up everything that is left of our home,” Tracy indicates.
With overwhelming stress following Hurricane Ida, Tracy suffered a panic attack and ended up in the hospital. “I thought I was having a heart attack,” she says. “It was very scary and I’ve never had a panic attack before.”
Recovering and returning back to her family, there is an unbelievable amount of work that Tracy and her family still need to do, and it’s just not possible for them to do it alone.”
As they continue to clean out their home, Tracy and her family have fears of returning. “My oldest daughter is scared. She doesn’t want to live there because she’s afraid it will flood again, and I agree,” Tracy reflects.
There are so many families like Tracy’s who need support following disastrous weather events like Hurricane Ida.
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