Lost our House

Help Brian and Jeanette after a sinkhole destroyed their home along with everything in it.
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Chuck Roast
Community
Erie, Pennsylvania
United States
2 Team Members

We just lost our home the other night. It collapsed into a sinkhole moments after we escaped the house. The fire department were on scene to watch it get sucked down.

The house is a total loss and everything in it. We only got out with the clothes on our backs. Thanks to the kindness of the Red Cross we are temporarily staying in a motel. However we can't stay here for much longer and have yet to gather enough finances together to find a new place to live.

It was very humbling to even ask for for a toothbrush because it had finally dawned on me that I don't own anything anymore.

We are seeking funds to use as a security deposit and first month rent for an apartment that has an immediate opening.

As for Perks? Both Jeanette and I will be creative. 

It was actually a terrifying experience. 

We had arrived home about 4:00 pm and noticed that while opening the screen door it was slightly scraping this top of the steps. It had never done that before. I thought it might be simple expansion due to it being one of the warmest days we've had around here in several months.

We went about making dinner and every 20 or 30 minutes we would what we thought were little tiny earthquakes. Just a short rattle. Sometimes accompanied by a thud sound.

These started happening more frequently and violently over the course of a couple hours. 

Finally we called 911 around 11:00 pm and were told to evacuate immediately. The fire department showed up within minutes. 

By this time the windows were starting to crack and you could hear the studs in between the walls cracking.

The aluminum siding was crushing like it was tinfoil.

The entire house suddenly dropped about 3 feet and shook the entire neighborhood.

We had notified them when they arrived that we had a cat that was still in the house. We did not expect them to go in after him. Although I would be devastated to lose him. It wouldn't be right to ask a human to jeopardize their life for my pet.

They wanted to get him out and proceeded to cut open the front door. By this time you have to step down to enter the house. It's hard to see in the video but the screen door was totally ripped off, and the steps were about a foot and a half higher than the door.

The house was condemned by the fire department and they contacted the Red Cross.

Now we're here. Doing everything in our power to organize, plan, and execute a plan to get our life moving forward again.

We would respectfully ask that if you are personally unable to contribute that you would please share our story so that maybe someone who can make a donation is able to hear our story.

Thank you for at least taking the time to read this.

Brian and Jeanette 

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