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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:24 pm



I'm afraid I'm delinquent in offering my condolences, Virgil. I was away on vacation, then back and slammed with work, I'm so behind on the site it's not funny.

Is there anything you need? Can we set up a fund or something to help out? Or are you managing OK?



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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by virgilmobile » Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:53 pm

No fund is necessary for me.Thank you for the thought.
I originally posted just to give information that I won't be on the site anywhere as much as before.
I'm not going away,just heavily preoccupied with recovery.
I'm living efficiency style with my wife and 2 big dogs on a screened 8X12 porch and part of the yard.
Kinda like camping.
I've got everything I need except the time to do the work..
It's just a scramble to gut this out and try to salvage what may be fixable.
You can imagine having to remove every single thing from your house in a few days?
I have a pile of stuff 4 foot high and 40 feet long of flood debris.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by raven41951 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:08 am

I too have been on vacation and getting caught up. I want to express my grief for your loss.

I also want to tell you how much respect I have for you. I too learned a long time ago that there is only one person that is going to improve my life. I see him in every day when I look in the mirror. You will come back and be stronger for it.

I too suffered through two floods, 10 years ago I first bought my business and was very nearly wiped out by spring flooding two years running. We made it through and although it seems like a distant memory, it remains embedded in our souls. Hang in there.

God bless you and keep you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by OldZX11Rider » Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:45 pm

I haven't been on vacation or anything, just working on my truck and around the house.
I just didn't know what to say to someone that's lost so much. "I'm sorry" just seems so inadequate.
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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by seelyark1 » Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:56 pm

OldZX11Rider wrote:I haven't been on vacation or anything, just working on my truck and around the house.
I just didn't know what to say to someone that's lost so much. "I'm sorry" just seems so inadequate.
Amen, me too. Hate to think of that happening to anyone. Hope we slide through this weekend without too much trouble here. If I get flooded, there will be a whole lot of others, way under water. Hope all works out well for you' and yours.
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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by RBGERSON » Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:52 am

Just saw this..sounds like you are on the road to recovery but what a disaster. One never knows how bad this stuff can be until you experience it.

Seems like you don't want any physical support so..My only advise is to make sure all the studs and flooring is completely dry before putting new drywall or flooring in. I'd use a moister meter and check all over the house. You seem to be aware of this issue but even two weeks of "drying out" isn't long enough especially with high humidity situations. If you can find any dehumidifier I would, even running fans to circulate air is helpful. ANY residual moister in the studs will lead to mold once they're closed in.

Good luck and I hope you are back on track soon.
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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by OldZX11Rider » Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:25 am

I wish I could drive over to the local Home Depot, load up with sheetrock, sheetrock compound, tape and a crowbar and just take it to him.
I'm in northwest Arkansas, not really that far away, but being on a fixed income, what I could get and what he needs are two different things. :(
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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by virgilmobile » Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:54 am

I'll be able to get the sheetrock.The problem is I can't use it yet and one cannot store it in this humidity.
After I strip all the belongings from the house,I have to remove the 2300 square feet of Flooring from the wood underlayment to be dried.Then the moldy sheetrock has to be removed with the insulation and the studs dried.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by OldZX11Rider » Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:21 am

Oh, okay.
Like many others on here, just wishing I could help in some way.
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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by virgilmobile » Thu Sep 01, 2016 12:10 pm

I do thank you and everyone else too.

I can deal with lives problems,even hurricane's that hit us.We have warnings for all of that.
We can prepare for evacuation.

This had no warning at all...
It was for me and thousands like me a surprise at 5am.
Everything was dry at 10pm and I live well away from the river out of the normal flood zone.
This was not a natural disaster...New road construction blocked the normal drainage.DOTD didn't think it was necessary to put in culverts.

It was a self rescue..I actually had a alert of flooding about 24 hours after it was in my house.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by bustedwing » Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:32 pm

I did volunteer a little during some hurricane aftermaths, and I understand what you are going thru. I have seen debris piles at dump sites that were 40ft tall and 150 yards long. The aftermath is the bad part, no water, fires when electricity is turned back on, varments around debris in the lawns, the list goes on and on. I wish you luck, and hopefully things will turn around quickly!
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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by rick.sheeley » Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:13 pm

Hey Virgil, could I offer to send you an extra laptop I have and an extra bike cover? It ain't much but ot might help. I also have a spare (internet) router for when you get going again.

Let me know I would arrange to ship to you ASAP.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by rick.sheeley » Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:15 pm

Also, once you begin to redo the bike, my part bins are yours.....

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by virgilmobile » Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:14 pm

Thank you much.I did loose most of my home electronics but I did have backup laptop where I work so I'm good there.My cable modem and WiFi were just above the water,I just had to scrounge a couple of ac adaptors.Cable internet just was restored yesterday.I have service back.I still do much on my android phone

The bike cover...I never thought about that.It has to set outside now so one may just help save it.It never crossed my mind till you mentioned it.I'll see if I can find one nearby...Then let you know.

Most every store was wiped out...including the motorsports shops...Everything I may need to get it running again will have to come from the internet.

Its gonna be a month before I'll have spare time to look at the bike..(its just killing me to walk by it everyday still mud covered and a tarp over the engine).

When I find problems I cannot fix I will make a inquiry for those things.

Thanks , Virgil..

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by twocams » Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:29 pm

Sorry Virgil, for your loss. I dont know anyone in that area so dont think to read. I live on a 100 yr floodplain so hope to be gone before anything happens. Not sure I could go threw with what you are. good luck

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by rick457 » Sun Sep 04, 2016 9:26 pm

I've only been a member for a little while. Virgil, said a prayer for you
that God would give you the strength and keep you safe through this ordeal.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by virgilmobile » Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:35 pm

Thank you.It does help.
I have just the kitchen to clear Monday then I can start stripping the sheetrock and flooring.A couple of weeks before I can occupy one room with plywood floors.I'll rebuild the same way I built it.One room at a time.
I did manage to pick up a SUV very similar to my 98 Explorer.A 99 mercury mountineer.
Poor condition...Spent $1850 for it.Fortunately all of its problems are the same as my truck that I had already repaired.
I'm now using it as a salvage vehicle. Lots of midnight labor but I'm about ready to roll it out of the shop.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by kevinhaig » Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:37 am

So sorry to hear of your disaster - we send you our thoughts and best wishes from Ireland.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by RoadRogue » Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:01 pm

Virgil I am so sorry to hear of your troubles, I somehow missed seeing this post.I have been a little distracted lately. I can only send you prayers and some of my strength and perseverance. Hang in there, I'm sure you will get it all sorted out. If you do need anything from us just ask. 8-)
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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by brettchallenger » Tue Sep 06, 2016 1:31 am

We so often hear of these natural disasters around the world and although the pictures and video always look bad and we feel for the victims, those thoughts tend not to stay with us. However, when something happens and it happens to a person to whom we can relate, albeit in a very tenuous way, it does bring home to us the enormity of personal tragedy it brings with it.

I have to say I very much admire your refusal to be overcome by these events and the way the you have got your head down and started to tackle problems positively. You and those like you, are very much an example to us all.

You have my best wishes and prayers.


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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by rick457 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 7:15 am

I agree with Steve that you are respected among us. We would consider it a honor to be
of some help.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by virgilmobile » Tue Sep 06, 2016 3:18 pm

Thank you gentlemen.
I will not let this defeat me in any way.
I spent over 15 years building to this point.I can do it again.
Still finding gems as I clear the house..Got the dishwasher working..just the motors stuck.
Its amazing how much in your house is below 4 foot....The debris is getting large.
This is from just the bedroom.


There's 4 more piles from the rest of the house.
Thank you..Its mind settling to be able to share this with others.
It helps keep me from getting overwhelmed by the amount of loss and rebuilding ahead.

I'm jumping through hoops with FEMA...They may be able to help.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by FM-USA » Tue Sep 06, 2016 3:49 pm

virgilmobile wrote:Thank you gentlemen.
I will not let this defeat me in any way.
I spent over 15 years building to this point.I can do it again.
Still finding gems as I clear the house..Got the dishwasher working..just the motors stuck.
Its amazing how much in your house is below 4 foot....The debris is getting large.
This is from just the bedroom. "PIX"
There's 4 more piles from the rest of the house.
Thank you..Its mind settling to be able to share this with others.
It helps keep me from getting overwhelmed by the amount of loss and rebuilding ahead.

I'm jumping through hoops with FEMA...They may be able to help.
We do our best to help keep your spirits up cheer you any way possible....
like...
That's a mighty nice looking pile you got there. :D


Would you like a few hundred hooks so you can hang everything above 4 foot? :P

ALL kidding aside, I'm sure I speak for everyone, WE FEEL FOR YA!

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by rick457 » Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:57 pm

Virgil, just wanted to check on you
Hope you're doing ok

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by redial » Fri Sep 09, 2016 8:00 pm

Warm thoughts of support are being sent your way, Virgil. Not much I can do from here, but your spirit to overcome is strong, and I wish you well in getting through this challenge. I wish you well, and give your spouse a hug, and your dogs a friendly pat, as they provide some support through your determined efforts. Keep smiling.


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