Flooded home puts family’s life in turmoil; Community helping out

Cathleen Moxley WSAZ.COM

December 11, 2013

BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A family of six made it out of their flooding home safely, but now they’re stuck with nowhere to go.

The Milam family lives just outside of Madison, but their home is unlivable. Friday’s heavy rains caused water to rise rapidly inside their home.

“We barely made it out,” Adam Milam said.

The Milam family doesn’t have flood insurance because they’re not in a floodplain. There are two culverts that run under the road in front of their home, which are supposed to allow water to get through. However, they’re completely clogged up.

Meanwhile, donations are coming in by the bagful at “Just 4 Kids,” a consignment shop in Madison.

“If there’s a sporting event, they’re always the first to volunteer,” Brandi Reese, the owner, said. “They gave a lot to the community, so we’re just trying to help them.”

Until you walk a mile in Milam’s now muddy boots, it’s tough to truly understand.

“When I came up here yesterday by myself, it was hard to pick up the kids’ toys,” Milam said.

Toys and Christmas decorations are still covered in mud, but the memory of rising water remains painfully clear.

“I couldn’t imagine what it’s like to go through that — especially during the holidays,” Reese said.

With no home for the holidays, the Milams are finding comfort in the generosity of others.

The Red Cross has also stepped in to help, but the Milams only have two nights left in their hotel room.

They hope to stay with family and friends after that — until they figure out a more permanent plan.

“Just 4 Kids” on Main Street in downtown Madison is still taking donations. Reese says they’ve received many clothes, but are still in need of food, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items. Monetary donations are also accepted.