UPDATE: Homes Heavily Damaged by Rock Slide in Ceredo

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 12/16/13 @ 4:45 p.m.
WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Bryan Lewis is still in shock after a chunk of a mountain came crashing down on his home along Hubbard's Branch Road Sunday.

"It completely demolished my garage," Lewis said. "The back end of the house and the walls are bowing in."

Lewis says the boulders started tumbling down about 4:30 Sunday evening, taking out everything in their path including his neighbors' two vehicles.

"They lost a truck, car and their garage," Lewis said. "There was also a boat that was damaged. Everything that was in both garages were lost."

That includes some Christmas presents Lewis had bought for his three children, which were hidden in the garage. Lewis says, however, the most important thing is that no one was hurt.

"We're very lucky," Lewis said. "The kids weren't here. My wife wasn't here. They were all out. I was the only one here."

The family has had to shut off power, gas and water to the house while they try to figure out how to move forward. It's a situation that's left them scrambling to find a place to stay.

"The house isn't livable," Jessica Lewis said. "It's cold, and we have three little kids. Where are we supposed to be staying?"

To make matters worse, the family says its insurance company won't pay for the damage.

"The insurance says it's earth movement, so they're not helping us find a place to stay," Lewis said. "We can't replace anything because the insurance is fighting us. It's ridiculous we pay for insurance to protect us from something like this, and it happens. They're trying to find ways not to pay."

Lewis says his three young children, all under the age of 8, are taking the situation as well as expected. However, he says the children have been asking where they'll stay, and where their "elf on a shelf" is.

Some co-workers of the Lewis Family are rallying to help by collecting donations. You can drop off any clothes, shoes, Christmas presents or whatever you'd like at the Cabell County EMS Headquarters at 846 8th Ave. in Huntington. Employees there are also working to set up a fund at a local bank for any monetary donations. Here is a list of sizes for the family for anyone wanting to donate clothing or shoes:

  • Girl, 4-years-old: clothing size: 5/6, shoe size: kids 12

  • Girl, 5-years-old: clothing size: 6t/7t, shoe size: kids 13 1/2

  • Boy, 8-years-old: clothing size: 10/12, shoe size: men's 8

Brian and Jessica are both 2XL. Brian shoe: 14 extra wide, Jessica: woman's shoe size 11

WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Neighbors in Ceredo are dealing with a massive rock slide, Sunday night.

The slide happened along Hubbards Branch Road near the Interstate 64 overpass.

Neighbors tell WSAZ.com that it started about 4:30 p.m.

Several homes have been heavily damaged. One family tells WSAZ.com that their children's Christmas presents have been crushed.

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