Update on Flood 6/17/10

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OK the water finally went down and we were able to get back to the house with Daniel's dad. There is nasty red mud all over everything. We will have to replace the carpet,all the flooring, sheet rock etc. We don't know if the big screen TV works as we have to let it dry out. I think our furniture is probably ruined. We had just got a brand new Lazy Boy Recliner and New Ashley Sectional. I'm sure the xbox,Wii,blue ray player and surround sound are all toast. We had just bought my mom a brand new mattress at Mathis Brothers and that has been destroyed as well as Ryans mattress and bed and our King Size Bed.Things like clothes,video camera,dogs toys&bed,lawnmower, weed eater etc all gone. On a positive note we had some stuff in rubbermaid containers that had the lids off and they were BONE DRY they must have just floated? The wood on the kitchen table and piano are all messed up and nasty. Water got into our pantry and food is all ruined. Our brand new Fridgidaire Refrigerator is TOAST! We don't know about the stove and dishwasher yet. Not sure about the freezer in the garage yet. Everything happened so fast and I really haven't taken it all in. We probably won't be able to see the real damage until it's light outside again.


Daniel had to help a girl get out of her car that floated into our front yard, within minutes it had rose over her car windows. He got her out just in time. The neighbor was home alone with her 2yr old so Daniel carried him across the water while she grabbed him some clothes. It was crazy but neighbors were pulling out blankets and towels to pass around as everyone was cold from all the water. Fireman were rescuing people and their pets left and right.

All in all we are all safe but it may be months before we can move back in. The Lord is good and he has kept me at peace. I know he will take care of us.


I am flooded with emails, texts,tweets,DM's and I am so sorry that I cannot answer them all.My friend Monica has set up a donation site and is taking care of anyone who would like to contact her for help! Please check out her site here https://bit.ly/cqrelief. and here https://mommybrainreports.com/cqrelief

Her email address is : monica@mommybrainreports.com

I honestly do not expect anything as there are many families affected by this in my neighborhood. I will be going through my stockpile to see what can be salvaged and made up into goody bags for those families who may need extra help.

You can also follow it on Twitter @ConsumerQueen or #CQRelief

Thanks to the many people who have also blogged.






Update 6/16:

Shannon thankyou for bringing over Pizza, Water,pop,gateorade and snacks for the family and the clean up crew yesterday! You were such a big help. Love you girl!

Rachel Thank you for taking on the task of updating our deals to our Facebook Page & Twitter. If you are looking for deals, please go to our Facebook page where OKCMomto3 will be updating for me. If you have a deal to post please let her know!

Thanks to Amy for assisting Monica and helping with whatever they are cooking up! (They won't tell me LOL)

I just want to personally thank Monica Brady for everything she has done. Moni I love you dearly and you are the best friend anyone could ask for.

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Update 6/17/10:

Found out that just the clean up alone is going to cost me 7 to $10,000 this does not include any repairs. They will clean up and spray a microbial solution to keep mold from growing. We are going to have to replace all the flooring, all the doors,all the vanities in 3 bathrooms,whirlpool tub,kitchen cabinets,all furniture,appliances,beds you name it.

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  1. Oh my gosh! I’m so sorry that this happened you! I hope things get better. I will continue to read your posts/tweets/whatever in hopes of hearing some better news.

  2. I’m sorry to say this is my first post, but your blog has helped me sooo much to become a recent couponer. It has helped us out financially beyond what I can express. Please let us help you as much as you have helped us. When the shock wears off and the recovery begins, please post how we can help you! Your in our prayers.

  3. I am sooooo soooo sorry to see this post. You are right, God is Good! The pictures that I have seen on the news today are shocking. The material things are just that, material things. Thankful that you are safe. The cleanup will be a difficult and trying thing to do. Praying for you and your family as you venture back home.

  4. Melissa, I am so sorry you had to go through this. You and your family have been in my prayers all day. Thank God that you are all safe and I know he will give you the grace to get through this ordeal. Please let us blog readers know how we can help you.

  5. my heart goes out to you and your family and everyone affected by this tragedy. my thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  6. If there is anything I can do let me know. The motels generally replace the mattresses a couple times a year I can put the word out for mattresses to cover you until you can buy new (I have used motel ones and they are perfect). Let me know what you need some of our Clients are having estate sales also and selling entire houseful of furniture and have talked about donating it.

  7. Melissa,
    I am so thankful that you and Daniel and the kids and pets are safe!!!!!
    We are praying for you and your neighbors. Much love!!!

  8. Your attitude is very inspiring. I am so glad you are all safe and I hope the damage proves to be less than you think in the long run.

  9. I am glad everyone is safe-we had floods here in 2008 and people are still recovering! Clean everything everything as well as you can. FEMA will be around-from experience I will tell u they r good with house related but not so good with personal property :/
    Keep a positive attitude- the Lord is Good and keep helping others.
    My thoughts are with you!

  10. God is good, All the time! Thank you for sharing with the Country. Your Faith is going to touch upon the hearts of many and I am certainly praying that through this disaster HIS works will be revealed. God Bless and Keep you and your Family in His wonderful Hands!

  11. So sorry to hear this, I have been watching the flooding on tv. It's so sad but I'm so glad it was flash flooding and is going away. It of course is still terrible but could have been worse. Glad you guys are safe hope you find more things that are okay and end up with less damage than you thought.

  12. That brings back memories that just happened here a few months ago. We are up high so was no effected. God bless your family and I pray you all get everything replaces and cleaned up soon.

  13. Melissa, I was stunned watching the video you put together. I am truly so sorry that you have to go through this. I am new to your blog and have enjoyed it immensely, but now feel a connection to you that isn’t just about deals and coupons!! We will be praying for you in the days and weeks to come. Please keep us posted on everything.
    In Christ’s love- Susan

  14. Oh my goodness, how terrible! I’m so glad you all made it out safely. I will keep you and your whole town in my prayers!

  15. Fellow Blogger here….I just can’t even speak the words to describe the grief my heart feels for you and your family…God has really burdened me to inquire about what your immediate needs are. Please when you get a moment, email me at wendy@frugalfabulousfinds.com I just want you to know that you have prayer warriors standing with you during such a disasterous tragedy and loss for your and your family. Please do take a moment to email me. God has blessed me in many tragic times in my life and I know he will use others to bless you in the same way, all for His glory. He is our ultimate provider and has a plan, even for this!

  16. My prayers are with you and others affected by the flood. Saw your tweet about the washer and dryer and hope that will make the clean up job much easier for all. 🙂

  17. My prayers are with you. I feel so bad for you ,I hope you can replace your things and Thank God you are all safe!

  18. I am so truly sorry Melissa. My heart is crying for you and your family. Let us know how we can help. Remember that as long as it's money, it's peanuts. Even if it's a lot of money. You, Daniel and the kids are safe, that's all that matters. You have an amazing community around you, we all care about you, and will help.

  19. Hugs and Prayers that you get your lives back quickly in order. Its in times like this you find that you are blessed with so many friends and good fortune. Try contacting the Red Cross they help and moved mountains when we lost everything in a Fire.

  20. I am so sorry to hear about all the flooding and what you have been through. I live in eastern OK and have relatives in the OKC area. I am glad to know that everyone is safe. The OKC area has been hit so hard with bad weather this year.

  21. Over 8 years ago I lost everything, but realized it was just STUFF. I am so glad that no one was injured and I will be praying for you and your neighbors.

  22. I am so sorry to hear your home flooded. I can't imagine what you and your family must be going through 🙁

    You and your family are safe and thats all that really matters right now. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  23. Keeping you, your family, and all of your neighbors in our prayers tonight Melissa. ((hug)) Just glad all of you are safe.

  24. I am lifting you and your family up to God in Prayer. I know he will take care of you all. You are wonderful people and I know in my heart he will take great care of you. Your lives are most important and THANK GOD you are all okay. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. I cannot help a lot financially, but I will say prayers and do whatever else I can.
    With God All things are possible.
    Peace to you all.
    XO Beth XO

  25. I'm nearly in tears for you and the others in your area, Melissa. I'm sooo thankful that you were safe! And, I'm grateful for your faith and trust in Jesus… especially during this time. May He continue to give you peace that passes all understanding.

  26. How terrible Melissa, try to keep your chin up and I’ll be thinking of you all and am just glad you are all safe!

  27. Glad to hear YOU are all OK…how scary and unreal it must seem — that was so fast for that water to rise like that — sounds like you have a wonderful community and obviously an amazing husband an support system there — praying for you all over the next few days and in your mission to restore your homes.

  28. What a terrible thing to happen to all of you and your neighbors. But like you said, God is good. I am thankful you all are safe. As you are well aware material things can be replaced. Thank you for the update on the flooding.

  29. I am saying a prayer for you and your Family, as well as everyone affected by these floods. i know it must be hard to see your home like that, but everything can be replaced – the important thing is that you and your Family is safe!

  30. WOW. I know the area you live in … I live close.. SO you lived in THAT AREA and did not have insurance??? Why would someone live in a home that cost that much with out having insurance?

  31. I know it doesnt seem like it at the moment…BUT This too shall pass. You will be back in your home before you know it and you and your family will be much stronger people for it! I applaud you for thinking of others first while you yourselves are devasted! Helping others is what will help you get through the next few days. I have been thru 2 floodings due to hurricane Rita and then Ike, and have lost much of things with massive damage to our home. I can honestly say, a year later, I do have some great memories while being displaced with my family of 6, and I have learned some great life lessons like…. things are things and true happiness is what you make it where ever you are as long as you have your family with you. Keep us updated and let us know of any major needs that we can contribute to for any and all involved in this. Love and Prayers!

  32. I'm so sorry for your troubles and will keep you, your family and your neighbors in my prayers.

  33. Melissa
    I dont know you but I did come by to meet you yesterday while serving with LifeChurch. I got to talk to your mom and told her to tell you a fellow couponer came by. I am so sorry your family has had to endure this and Yes GOD IS GOOD and will provide. Trust HIM and know He is faithful.. Praying for you and yoru family!

    Wendy Groshong

  34. God must be smiling down at you crazy ladies. You deserved everything you got! Hope flames come next though…!

  35. Regular homeowner's insurance policies usually do not cover damage from floods. Flood insurance must often be obtained seprately and it is difficult and very expensive to get. A lot of the people affected by this flood probably didn't have any kind of flood insurance. =(

  36. Lenders are only required to provide flood insurance to those who live in a “flood plain” area. The areas that were flooded are not considered flood plains and the flood damage is considered an act of God and the insurance companies will not pay. Flood insurance (when you can even get it) is a very expensive separate policy. The last time it rained this much in such a short period of time was in the 1930's. People living in the area for almost 20 years stated it had never flooded before.

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