Andrew Richardson has been an Fstoppers writer for over two years now, and he needs our help. Like thousands of other Texans, Andrew’s house currently has several feet of water in it, but Andrew’s story in particular is incredibly heartbreaking.
Less than a month ago, on August 3rd, Andrew Richardson and his wife, Desiree, purchased their first home in Houston, TX. For the last three weeks, they have been painting and fixing up the house while they moved in new furniture and appliances.
Right before they moved in, Hurricane Harvey hit and the home was filled with several feet of water. The neighborhood is 40 years old and has never had any flooding, and therefore, nobody in the neighborhood even considered buying flood insurance. In fact 80 percent of all homes affected by flooding during this storm are not covered by flood insurance.
To make this flood even more stressful, Andrew and Desiree have recently found out that they are pregnant with their first child.
Andrew and a contractor friend visited the home today (while it’s still underwater) and estimated that the damage to the house alone will be at least $50,000. Some people are predicting that the water could remain in his home for another four weeks. Not only will all of the flooring and sheetrock need to be replaced, but mold will be a serious problem throughout the house.
I know I’ve been watching the horrific videos of the flooding in Texas and wondering how I might be able to help. I’ve worked with Andrew now for over two years and I’m so happy that I might be able to help repair their home. I know that most of you don’t know Andrew personally, but if you’re also looking for a way to help, even a few dollars can go a long way. Our hope is that with our donations we can get these new parents back into their first home before the baby arrives.
Andrew certainly isn’t the only person who could use your help. More than 100,000 homes have been flooded. If there is anything you can do to help, you just might save or change a life.