I wanted to provide a quick update on where we stand almost two months after Hurricane Harvey and the associated flooding.
We finished the last of the deconstruction, removing the tile out from around the fireplace and in the bathroom. This wasn’t ruined by the flood but all the flooring will be replaced down the road so we just wanted to get a head start on it.
The drywall was installed courtesy of the same local church that assisted with the tear out. In this case the labor was still free but I paid for the drywall. Even after cutting the contractor’s estimate by 20% I still had some left over to donate to the church for folks who couldn’t afford drywall.
We selected the contractor we want to use for the next phase of the reconstruction and his crews started last week. The drywall has been taped, floated and sanded. The texture has been reapplied to the walls and they have been primed.
At this point if already feels more like a house instead of a disaster zone but we still have a long way to go.
Just this phase will take everything e received from FEMA and most of what my company raised to assist us. At which point we will still need to rebuild the cabinets, install flooring and then replace the furniture we lost. We’re submitting the bids we received to FEMA to see if we can get them to give me a little more of my tax money back. Hopefully that will take care of at least the cabinets. If so we are continuing to save so that maybe, just maybe, we will be able to pay for the flooring without having to dip into savings. There is also the possibility of taking out a loan through the SBA (Small Business Administration) at a very low rate to cover the remainder. We’ll see…
It’s been almost two months and we are still living between two houses. Especially now that they are working on the walls and such the drywall dust is really bad again. The refrigerator is disconnected so they can get to the walls behind and beside it. All electronics needed to be moved to prevent damage from the dust and other contaminants which means no InterWeb access other than through the hotspot feature of my phone. No fun for someone who works from home and likes blogging.
Lot’s of stuff has turned up missing like my Bible, Wonderful Wife’s laptop, and my daughter’s charm bracelet. I don’t think they were stolen. I think it is more a matter of they ended up somewhere in one of the houses and we have no idea where that somewhere might be. I am sure they will turn up when we finally start moving back into the downstairs although it is possible that they were, mistakenly, thrown away. Again, we’ll see…
More clothes and shoes had to be thrown away. Both of us ended up with fungal infections probably from clothes and, in Wonderful Wife’s case, shoes exposed to the flood waters. We were careful to disinfect everything and wash it thoroughly but I guess we were not as thorough as we had thought we were.
That’s it for this update.