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.
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.”
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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