by Jason Blanke
CTV News ran a report about Dean Southern and Lorrenda South moving from Brooks to Drumheller earlier this week. The windows, doors, kitchen, furnace and air conditioning were all vandalized. Vandals vandalized their house before moving it.
Dean Southern’s family, who had problems with insurance issues, cancelled their policy thinking that they were covered by the movers. They quickly discovered, however, that their insurance only covered them for the moving process and did not cover vandalism. It’s a good thing that the local community and church members have already been doing their best to assist. The man is amazed at how much can be done in such a short period of time when the people involved are motivated and efficient.
Thank you for your help.
Dean explained the new foundation that has been set up for their home in Cambria. People have also offered assistance in whatever way possible after hearing about this story. The four volunteers that came on Wednesday were greatly appreciated, and more will arrive this weekend.
Martin speaks about how they plan to proceed to rebuild the home. The couple has been working with an interior design firm in their area before vandalism. Martin shares with us how they plan to proceed in their work together. After we finish some of the deconstruction, the first priority will be to get the house secured. This means that windows and door are the top priorities. The electrical team will be arriving next week. After that, plumbing, HVAC, and other services can start.
A Go Fund Me was set up by friends in order to aid the couple with their rebuilding efforts. On Friday morning the Go Fund Me had reached over $34,000. Martin reports that another local contractor also has offered his assistance. A local contractor has generously offered to assist with the HVAC and Plumbing. This is a good start. Flooring, plumbing fixtures will also be examined, as will drywall, paint and interior doors.
Organisers are planning to have a Saturday volunteer workbee at the Cambria Home. If you would like to donate food or items for this home, please contact Sheila Martin of Martin Interiors by calling 403-820-0224.
Drumheller’s community and Drumheller itself have shown their support for the family.
Anyone with any information on the incident in Brooks that took place in June should contact Brooks RCMP.
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