Santa Rosa Beach couple thankful after flooding

Published: Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 09:00 AM.

A Santa Rosa Beach couple has a little bit more to be thankful for this holiday as they will finally be getting some much-needed assistance.

It was during the record breaking rainfall this past summer that Rebecca and Ron Thum suffered severe damages to their home, which is mostly covered in bright blue tarps.

“We bought the place in 1979, and it has never flooded before — not even during a hurricane,” Rebecca said.

During one particular summer shower, Rebecca said she remembers watching the water get higher and higher outside her house

“Now, the whole side of our home is coming down, the AC is shot and there’s black mold growing on the ceiling, which isn’t good since I have COPD.”

The rain seemed to top off Rebecca and Ron’s string of bad luck. Ron recently learned that he has a form of skin cancer. On July 3, he lost his job of 20 years, which means he also lost health insurance for him and his wife.

“It’s been an up and down roller coaster,” he said. “I’m 55 years old and I’m afraid we’re going to lose everything.”

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