Rainy day rescue: Fundraising website set up for Washington flood victims

Foreground photo: The Carnavale family, date and location not specified | Photo courtesy of Dawn Wright, St. George News

WASHINGTON CITY – Neighbors and friends are working to raise funds for a Washington family affected by the flooding that took place Aug. 18 after a severe thunderstorm hit the area.

Volunteers help during flooding at the Carnvale home, Washington, Utah, Aug. 18, 2014 | Image courtesy of Dawn Wright, St. George News
Volunteers help during flooding at the Carnvale home, Washington, Utah, Aug. 18, 2014 | Image courtesy of Dawn Wright, St. George News

The Carnavale family, of the Hobble Creek subdivision in Washington, were among those whose homes flooded after torrential rains hit Southern Utah on Aug. 18. Their home was built just five months ago.

“Their brand new home was the victim of poor drainage after the rains caused the pond at the Washington City dog park to overflow and run directly into their backyard,” Rhianon Ambroszcyk, a neighbor, said. “The water flowed with such speed, in only a matter of minutes the main floor of their home was invaded by muddy water.”

Emerson and Jennae Carnavale are now facing between $20,000 and $25,000 in damages to their home, Ambroszcyk said.

“The repairs are going quickly due to the help of a disaster response agency,” Dawn Wright, another neighbor seeking to help the Carnavale family, said, “but the bills are piling up and the damage is currently estimated at around $25,000. Any help we can give them as a community would be miraculous.”

A logo created by Dawn Wright for the "Rainy Day Relief Fund" efforts to help the Carnavale family. | Image courtesy of Dawn Wright, St. George News
A logo created by Dawn Wright for the “Rainy Day Relief Fund” efforts to help the Carnavale family. | Image courtesy of Dawn Wright, St. George News

Wright said her property was also hit by the flood waters, but her home narrowly missed being damaged. Residents of the subdivision are devastated at the difficulties the Carnavale family is facing in the aftermath of the flood, she said.

“We watched them celebrate their young daughter’s birthday last night on the concrete driveway at the neighbor’s house because their own home is unfit to occupy,” Wright said. “They cut birthday cake and had ice cream on lawn chairs.”

To help the Carnavale family pay for the flood damage reparation to their home, a YouCaring website called “Rainy Day Relief Fund” has been set up. The fundraising goal has been set at $10,000; so far, just under $7,000 has been raised to help the family.

“They need all the help they can get,” Ambroszcyk said.

Donations to help the Carnavale family can be made here.

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12 Comments

  • KOOLAID August 23, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Huh? Is this the only flood victim family that’s worthy of a fund raiser for their brand new house getting flooded? You’d think the city would assist them with a lawsuit against the developer who built their brand new house in a flood zone.

  • Towman August 23, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Where’s the city engineers, the developers and their engineers??? Why is it the owners responsibility? It wasn’t their pond that drowned an innocent homeowner. Washington city needs to be held accountable for approving a pond above a housing development with no backup plan for drainage. It’s just silly anymore what developers are allowed to get away with, the lack of pride in workmanship.

  • Dave August 24, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Could never understand why it is, thar people cotinue to buy homes that are next to a natural wash, river, or even a pond -as described in this article? 5 minutes worth of heavy rain seems to nearly cripple this town. The poor drainage issues should be blamed on the contractors, that build these houses and should there be homes built by areas that are subject to flooding, that information should be disclosed to the buyer… Yeah – I feel kinda bad for the family. But, geez -Every time someone stubs their toe out here, someone else is immediately asking for donations. Isn’t that what homeowners insurance is for?

  • Shawn August 24, 2014 at 10:11 am

    “flooded by the pond at the dog park” have any of you seen the “pond” at the dog park. It is tiny. It was caused by all the same water that was flooding main street and every other street in that area. That pond is smaller that some fish ponds in peoples back yard. What a joke to try and blame it on that pond

    • WASHCTYRESIDENT August 26, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      The pond that your dog plays in is small. The holding pond in the area where the dogs are not allowed to play is very large. It took the city four trips with water tankers to clear the leftover pond water and clear the drainage pipe.

  • Seattleonhermind August 24, 2014 at 10:26 am

    The Washington city dog park pond is not even a pond it’s a puddle. I mean that pond is super tiny….. Hard to believe that’s the problem. Sounds like it’s just poor placement of a home on a low level property where water is bound to be trapped during a heavy rain storm.

  • SSfreeze August 24, 2014 at 11:32 am

    “Any help we can give them as a community would be miraculous.” Really?

    Why don’t we raise enough money so that can but a new, new home someplace that is not prone to this type of issue? Our goal could be 200K, we should all reach deep into out pockets to help this young and growing family.

    Oh my heck, what could possibly happen next?

  • bobber August 24, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    It’s only fair at this point that each “flood victim” get their own article to help them get money, otherwise you’ve got a severe bias going on. And maybe next time buy some flood insurance huh?

    • zzaezyro August 24, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Go troll some other website. No one wants to put up with your immaturity here.

  • getting flooded August 24, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Maybe mike shaw could let that family stay in his over priced motor coach since his bad public works decisions flood the area. Its prolly his daughters house that’s wanting donations

  • Wow August 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    We got flooded the same night but we haven’t seen a news story or any donations. All we have is a basement full of water and lost memories and a huge bill.

  • Wow August 28, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    We got flooded the same night but we haven’t seen a news story or any donations. All we have is a basement full of water and lost memories and a huge bill.

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