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Rexburg Flood of 2014

July 23, 2014  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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Last week a flash flood struck our little town. Rexburg isn’t really equipped for a lot of rain (it rarely rains here) so there aren’t many sewers for all the water to drain. When it started to rain and hail last week, I took a few videos on my phone–it seems like that’s what you do when it hails. And then it was raining hard, like I have never seen it before, for a solid 90 minutes. That’s all it took for our city to flood.

Chris and the girls were out during the whole thing and I called him because they had been gone longer than I thought they would. Chris answered and explained that all the roads were covered in water and closed and he was trying to find an alternate route home.

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In the following hours, the devastation we had just faced as a city whole became apparent. Chris was out for hours emptying water out of homes and apartments. Video after video of the university campus flooded and a lot of college kids prancing around with no shoes on (the city later encouraged all those people to get a tetanus shot!) and then the photos of homes that have been destroyed.

We were fortunate, so fortunate. Only Greta’s room got wet. The wall under her window is damp and the paint is peeling off and her carpet is a little wet by the window, too. But replacing all that is nothing. We’re just moving her room up our to-do list for this year. However, our neighbors weren’t so fortunate.

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The fast-flowing water busted the windows out of their lower level and quickly filled it up to the ceiling with water. They lost everything. We have pulled together as a neighborhood, and city really, to help them and others in bad shape to clean up and start the restoration process–unfortunately insurance isn’t covering this tragedy.

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When two of our sponsors, Shades of Light and Wayfair, heard what had happened here, they were so kind to send product to help the family get back on their feet too. I’ve never been so proud and grateful to work with these companies.

So that’s what has been happening here. Like I said, we were so lucky the only water and damage we had was in Greta’s room. And we are anxious to re-do that for her anyway. I had actually ordered wallpaper samples last month and now we’re in full-on planning mode.

If you are interested in donating to aid of the family who lost everything, you can do so here

Photo Credit: First-Chris// Three flood aftermath photos-Travis Gugelman.

What do you think?

  1. Ashley says:

    That is so horrible. Praying for your neighbors! It’s wonderful to know that these companies have stepped up – I’ll remember that and be more likely to buy from them!

  2. Amanda says:

    That is devastating. I live in the Houston area, so flood damage is something we see/hear about all the time. I’m curious – why isn’t your neighbor’s insurance covering the damages? I’m glad all of you are ok.

    • Julia says:

      Homeowner’s insurance (generally) doesn’t cover flooding by “an act of God.” At least theirs isn’t. It would be covered if it was the result of an internal busted pipe or something–but not a flash flood. Also, they didn’t live on a flood plane–they live on the bench like us–so flood insurance for a natural disaster like this, wasn’t even recommended. :/

      • Amanda says:

        Oh, I understand. Yes, we have separate flood policies for storms out here, but I see why you wouldn’t have it if you live in an area that doesn’t generally flood. Best of luck and prayers to all of you recovering from the storm.

  3. Maria says:

    Oh my goodness. So glad you were lucky, and my heart goes out to all the families whose homes were hit. We had a massive flood in my hometown 6 years ago (the town was literally underwater, and so many of our friends lost simply everything) and the affects are still felt today. Thanks for the donation link.

  4. Meagan Briggs says:

    So tragic. I can’t even imagine coming home to that scene. Grateful for people like you guys who jump in and help anywhere you see the need.

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