Family returns home to assess Hermine flood damage

The Riveras have returned to their home in Clearwater after they were evacuated.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WTSP) - A family that was forced out of their home by flooding from Hurricane Hermine, returned Friday morning hoping for the best. Heiner Rivera, his wife Angie and their three children were flooded out less than three months earlier by Tropical Storm Colin, and they still had not finished repairing the damage to their floors and walls when Hermine hit.

They arrived to find that the flooding had stopped just short of coming into the house, an answer to their constant prayers over the previous few days.

“Compared to what we saw before, this is amazing, We can only thank God for this,” said Angie, assessing the minor damage she found in one section of flooring. “We’re so blessed. We are so blessed, we didn’t lose nearly what we lost in Colin, we just got a little bit of water damage and some damage in the shed.”

One of the most touching moments of the return was 5-year-old Alex being reunited with the stuffed animal he said he worried about in the storm, and his sisters discovering their room and things were untouched by the flood.

While the Rivera's were thankful to have a place to stay during the storm, it came at a cost. They spent more than half their monthly rent to have a dry place to stay for three nights.


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