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Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:28 am



I probably won't be on this site very much for a while.
10 pm was dry..10 am I had 4 feet of water in my house.I have lost everything but my wife and dog.We will survive this.
I may try to sell my bike in parts.It was submerged but some of it might be fine.

The last view as I paddled my boat out.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:37 am

Damn Virgil, thats a shame. i hope your homeowners insurance will cover your losses. at least you have your wife, your dog, and your life. all other things can eventually be replaced.

good luck to you, and all your neighbors that also suffered losses.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:45 am

Thank you.I was under construction.Insurance was not available during this time.Flood insurance isn't available for me.It was never suppose to flood in this area.EVER.New road construction dammed up the normal drainage.
I'm only one of many thousands that were totaled here.Our town of 10,000 now has 8,000 homeless living in shelters.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby harvey01 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:57 am

Virgilmobile,

I am so glad to learn that you and family are okay. That is the most important thing. Now comes the hard part of starting over and rebuilding.

Sounds like you and most of the town are in a bad way. I suspect FEMA will be there once the waters recede and they will probably bring in trailers to temporarily replace houses. Once water and power are restored you can begin the cleanup and hopefully the water did not get to any inside of the engine, transmission, or rear end. Time permitting I would drain them as soon as practical and fill with new fluid and then go over the electrical system before trying to start. Might work!

Best of luck and other than prayers is there anything we can do for you?
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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby FM-USA » Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:35 pm

Declaring it a disaster area would get you some money... NO?
"New road construction dammed up the normal drainage."
Might need to open a class action lawsuit, tho it takes YEARS to collect. :|

MAN! I feel for you.
Makes my basement flood seem minuscule.

As for the bike... Pack it in some rice? .. .. .. OK, LOTS :twisted:
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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:56 pm

Registered with Fema..Right along with 30,000 others.Local Mayor's are already suing the government.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby FM-USA » Thu Aug 18, 2016 1:05 pm

virgilmobile wrote:Registered with Fema..Right along with 30,000 others.Local Mayor's are already suing the government.

Haven't watched much news lately, missed the memo.
STILL wish you the best outcome.
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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 5:20 pm

Wow, Virgil,
I'm really sorry for you. I've never experienced flooding, but I try to use my imagination, and it's not a pretty picture. I hope you have some friends or relatives close by to have a place to lay yours and your wife's heads down comfortably. I know, here in Florida, when the hurricanes came through years ago, it was a nightmare for many of those folks. That muck on the 1500 windshield looks like more than 4 feet. Damn. Prayers for you and all others. Take it one day at a time. You've no doubt been through tough times before, and they came to an end, as will these. Get some sleep tonight. You need it. The dog may act a little peculiar, as they are 'routine' lovers, and his routine will be gone for a while. Let him know it's OK. Tomorrow is another day.
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From the looks of it, you were ground zero :-(

http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/90-perc ... /298547707

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/17/us/lo ... .html?_r=0

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Aug 18, 2016 5:32 pm

The 4 feet was in my house.It sets 3 feet higher than my shop.I think it crested near 7 feet in there.
We're in survival mode for a few days.Still have water,have to run on generator for many months now.Electric won't be back till after inspections.That may be toward Christmas time.I have to rebuild from ground up to the 4 foot inside.Im hoping somebody doesn't condemn my house before that.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby Bugmerc » Thu Aug 18, 2016 6:00 pm

Wow, that's just horrible. I can't even imagine. Glad you and the family are OK, that's the main thing. The part about the road construction sounds like that is going to be a can of worms on a colossal scale. I wish you the best, I would offer a dry bed, but being in AZ that probably doesn't help you much. Stay strong.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Thu Aug 18, 2016 6:37 pm

That is absolutely rotten luck.

Having that happen so suddenly also gives you no chance of doing anything to prepare for this situation.

When you have the opportunity let us know how you are getting on, I would like to offer my help or assistance if you need some at this time.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby Bugmerc » Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:01 pm

Is there anything we can send you? Socks, underwear, dog food? Is there any kind of infrastructure that you could receive packages? Let me know, and I am dead serious.
Chris

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby FM-USA » Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:50 pm

I like the HELP offer, I'm in.
Is there an address we can send you items?
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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:08 pm

guys, i sent wingadmin a message and im waiting for him to call me. im trying to work on something that might be of help.

stuart.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby Bugmerc » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:17 pm

Sounds good, keep us posted!

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:43 pm

Bugmerc wrote:Sounds good, keep us posted!


i will Brgmerc.

this would be a major undertaking. this isn't like taking a few bike parts down to Florida like i did last summer for SILVEREAGLE, it would require a lot of money donations from a lot of people on this site to help pay for everything that would be needed to do this. i did a rough financial planning and with everything included, it comes out to a little over $2,000.00 for the truck, fuel, supplies, an overnight motel stay, meals, and my bus fare back up here. unfortunately this close to the end of the month, im in no way able to contribute any money towards this, but i am able to contribute my time and energy to get this done. the only thing i can provide is getting everything together from up here and taking it down there to Virgil and maybe some others.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:53 pm

roadwanderer2 wrote:
Bugmerc wrote:Sounds good, keep us posted!


i will Brgmerc.

this would be a major undertaking. this isn't like taking a few bike parts down to Florida like i did last summer for SILVEREAGLE, it would require a lot of money donations from a lot of people on this site to help pay for everything that would be needed to do this. i did a rough financial planning and with everything included, it comes out to a little over $2,000.00 for the truck, fuel, supplies, an overnight motel stay, meals, and my bus fare back up here. unfortunately this close to the end of the month, im in no way able to contribute any money towards this, but i am able to contribute my time and energy to get this done. the only thing i can provide is getting everything together from up here and taking it down there to Virgil and maybe some others.

BTW, if there's anyone living close to the driving route that i've already planned out, i would be more than happy to stop and pick up any donations, IE: canned food, medical supplies, DRINKING WATER, toiletries and such and bring them with me.

stuart.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:01 pm

ok everyone, im going to say my prayers for all concerned and go to bed. i'll be up and on here in the morning. hopefully i'll have some good news to post.

wingadmin, you have my phone #, call me tomorrow morning after 8am.

good night everybody,

stuart.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:49 pm

Bugmerc wrote:Is there anything we can send you? Socks, underwear, dog food? Is there any kind of infrastructure that you could receive packages? Let me know, and I am dead serious.
Chris


This is for everybody...I'm OK...Well as good as OK gets under these circumstances.
I truly didn't mean to panic anybody or hint of any desperation on my part.

I just wanted to post that there was a catastrophic event here and that I and many others will be preoccupied with surviving this.

There's no need of anything that I can't get my hands on..sooner or later...
It will take time to replace my stuff but it's just stuff.

The house will take a long time.Its just me doing it.Well..I built it in the first place...this is just a unscheduled major remodel.

I borrowed the company van to drive for a while so I'm OK there.(gonna miss the bike :? )
But there won't be much down time for that anyways.
There's Walmart and many businesses opened back up so there's enough stuff around to buy.


For me..money isn't a issue..my age is..I was hoping to retire in less than 2 years with a finished house and spend my time riding round the country visiting all you folks...

Looks like that may have to wait a while.Sorry.

Bout the only thing really needed here is time to recover.
Thanks everybody..Virgil.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby 97Aspy » Fri Aug 19, 2016 6:27 am

Wish i lived closer. Would like to help out with the rebuild. Let us know what we can do for you. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and everyone affected. Hang in there Virgil.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby dingdong » Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:14 am

I have been concerned about you Virgil ever since I saw a news report that mentioned Denham Springs. I even asked in a thread if anyone had heard anything from you. No one had. Prayers sent for a quick rebuild. If there is anything we can do to assist you please don't hesitate to let us know. Do you have other family down there? I know you will be too busy to visit here often but we will miss your help regarding Goldwing repairs so please come back as often as you can. Good luck Virgil.
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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby roadwanderer2 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:31 am

yes Virgil, what Rick and Tom said, the same goes for me. take care my friend, our thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone else down there.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:45 am

All our AT&T service went down...It's just now coming back with temporary equipment.
Everything is spotty at best.

I have internet access about once a day when I get to town.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby aj1500 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:58 am

So sorry to hear about your situation. things can be replaced, you got out with your family and that is the most important thing right now

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Postby roadwanderer2 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 8:54 am

well, thats a good thing. at least your able to communicate with the outside world every now and then. keep us updated as much as possible.

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