Santa Rosa Beach couple thankful after flooding

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

Since Rebecca is disabled, the couple is unable fund any repairs their home. To make do, they have tarps placed over their damaged roof and sleep next to perfectly placed buckets to catch water when it rains.

With the damaged air conditioner, Rebecca and Ron have little defense against the cold nights.

“We just use a lot of blankets and we have two, small electric heaters,” Rebecca said.

With no where else to turn to, Rebecca contacted Al Ford, emergency management coordinator at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, with her list of damages.

WCSO along with United Way of Okaloosa and Walton County, Catholic Charities, American Red Cross and Hammers with a Heart created the Long Term Recovery Organization in September to help assist Walton County residents who suffered major damages during the summer flood.

Ford responded by getting the husband and wife in touch with Catholic Charities who said they would “take care of everything.” It was a big relief for the couple.

 “I don’t know how long we could go without some help,” Ron said.

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