EDITOR’S NOTE: Minnesotans help one another. So when Tina Marlowe and her family needed assistance after a devastating autumn 2010 flash flood severely damaged their Hammond, Minnesota, home, volunteers were there to assist.
Today, in this fifth in a series of stories, read about the people who helped Tina’s family and the gratitude she feels toward them.
WITH A FLOODED basement and several inches of water on the main level, Tina, her fiancé, two children and future in-laws were forced from their home. When the floodwaters receded, volunteers pitched in to help the family move their belongings and gut their home.
The Sons of Silence Motorcycle Club immediately dispatched a crew to move furniture, clean the basement, and rip out flooring and drywall. A retired couple from the Rushford area, Sentence-to-Serve members and others helped the family. The Rochester Med City Crew MC treated the family to a Thanksgiving dinner.
“I am grateful they took care of us with such dignity and respect,” Tina says of all who assisted them.
Once their house was emptied and dried out, they immediately began the process of rebuilding.
NO FLOOD INSURANCE, BUT HELP CAME
Without flood insurance on their home which lies in the 500-year flood plain, Tina and her family depended on others and sought out programs that could assist them. They accepted a Quickstart Grant, shopped around, made good choices and spent money as wisely as they could to stretch it as far as they could, Tina says.
They also tapped into Cathy Mann’s retirement fund to buy appliances.
Yet, there is nothing to pay for replacing their personal belongings.
In the spirit of giving, people have pitched in—a grant from Tina’s company to help pay hotel bills; co-workers donating money and holding a bake sale and chili feed to cover hotel and food costs; the Plainview-Elgin-Millville School District, through a drive, provided clothes, bedding, other essentials and cash; and a cash donation from Cathy Mann’s (Tina’s future mother-in-law) co-workers helped pay hotel bills.
Through Lion’s Club, Eagles Club, church group and individual donations to the Zumbro Valley Disaster Relief Fund, the family received intermittent assistance with gas and grocery cards.
“The amount of help we received from the community is unbelievable and is something every Minnesotan can, and should, be proud of,” Tina says.
PLEASE JOIN MINNESOTA PRAIRIE ROOTS for one last visit with Tina Marlowe as she tells us what remains to be done in Hammond and how you can help.
© Copyright 2011 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Photos Copyright 2011 by Susie Buck & John Bemmert