Walton County is now on the list to receive federal relief for flood damage across the county through the FEMA Disaster Declaration. But Walton County homeowners are still waiting to hear if they will receive help in the recovery process.
"Its frustrating to come downstairs in the morning and have a cup of coffee, It's hard to relax because there's always something to be doing." Sam Vickroy and his wife live on Spotted Dolphin Road in a no-flood zone, but just more than a week ago they had more than a foot of flood water in their home. "And by 3:20, the water just started rushing in."
In a matter of minutes, the water was in the house and they couldn't even leave. "I look out and see and snake, so my wife called 911 and wildlife came to get us." And when they came back, "we got this and that couch as electric, we spent a little more, a lot more and got electric. So the warranty covers them but not if it was a flood." The Vickroy's lost tens of thousands of dollars in things, including one of their vehicles. "I had that covered, the car." And just like the couches, the house is not covered with flood insurance leaving Vickroy to do most of the work on his own. Replacing shsheet rockhroughout entire house is one of many chores. "Instead of tearing the cabinets out, we had to come in through the back side of the cabinets"
And he couldn't be more thankful for the helping hands he's already getting, "without my friends, and neighbors I don't think my wife and I couldn't have done it." The Vickroy's have a long road to recovery ahead, "but it's been a great house, I mean it's everything in a house you want, I just hope we can get it back there."
Escambia and Santa Rosa counties have received their requested individual assistance for residents. Okaloosa and Walton counties are hoping to hear from the state soon.