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Family Still Suffering from Spring Valley Flood

By: Dave Benton Email
By: Dave Benton Email

The Lucas family says they're falling through the cracks. Debbie Lucas says she was promised the federal government would buy her flood damaged house. Seven months later, she found out that was not the case and now the bank is foreclosing on her mortgage.

Debbie says she though the tears were over, but they're not. The Lucas family is still having trouble getting back on track after last summer's floods. Now black mold is forming on her walls, pipes have burst and her walls have buckled.

NewsChannel Three has learned the government couldn't get survey work ready in time to obtain grant money. According to the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security:

"We were not able to get the information in time from the Corps of Engineers to run Benefit Cost Analysis on their property. It's not their only shot, we can submit again in the Spring of 2008."

That may be too late for Debbie Lucas and her family. She says the house is not fit for six people to live. She says she has fallen through the cracks when it comes to getting the right kind of help because she makes too much to get aid but not enough to be able to rebuild her house.

Mark Wallace with the Division of Homeland Security say the state is trying to work with the bank which is foreclosing on Debbie Lucas' home. They hope to get an extension on the foreclosure, but even if the Lucas family gets to keep their house it will still take tens of thousands of dollars to repair all the flood damage.


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