Storm victims moving toward recovery

"I just asked God, ‘Why me?'" said Martin.
"I just asked God, ‘Why me?'" said Martin.
She had lost everything and she needed help fast. So she picked up the phone and dialed first call for help with the United Way.
She had lost everything and she needed help fast. So she picked up the phone and dialed first call for help with the United Way.
"If you can help donate. Give. Anything helps. When you lose everything, it's a horrible feeling."
"If you can help donate. Give. Anything helps. When you lose everything, it's a horrible feeling."

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Now more than six weeks after the first flooding hit, storm victims say they are moving toward recovery.

Laurie Martin of Cape Girardeau is one of those individuals.

She lives on Meadow Brook Lane in Cape Girardeau. She never thought her home would take in water. But, unprecedented flash flooding in early May proved her wrong.

"I just asked God, 'Why me?'" said Martin.

Martin says she remembers watching the water creep up to her mailbox and up the drive way. She says she never thought it would make it to her doorstep until May 2.

"Flash flooding started,"said Martin. "I woke up and I knew something wasn't right. It was coming in the front door."

Laurie says she felt paralyzed, part of her wanted to find a way to stop the water and another wanted to just get her four dogs and go.

"In fact, I started putting towels in the front door thinking I could stop it," said Martin.

She moved what she could up on beds or shelves and began calling everybody she could think of but couldn't find anywhere to go. Refusing to leave her dogs, she stayed up all night until the water finally stopped rising. By this time, her carpets were soaked and water ran through most of her house.

Thankfully, Martin has renters and flood insurance. But she had lost everything and she needed help fast. So she picked up the phone and dialed first call for help with the United Way.

"The lady that answered the phone, Denise Wimp, helped me tremendously," said Martin. "She gave me numbers to food pantries and helped me get food for my dogs."

Now seven weeks later Martin sits on a new couch paid for through insurance, but she says without help from the United Way on day one, she doesn't know where she would have turned.

"If you can help donate. Give. Anything helps. When you lose everything, it's a horrible feeling."

The Red Cross and United way will benefit from a concert for storm victims in Southeast Missouri and Joplin. It's called "Shelter from the storm: Party with a Purpose."

The benefit will be this Friday and Saturday night at Mixing 10 in downtown Cape Girardeau.

Money raised will be split between the two charities.

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