Re­build­ing from Igor

Vic­to­ria cou­ple re­ceives help af­ter los­ing home

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY ANDREW ROBIN­SON

Fol­low­ing Hur­ri­cane Igor’s de­struc­tion of their mo­bile home of 36 years, Wal­lace and Ros­alee Dean of Vic­to­ria are plan­ning to build a new home in the spring, and they are al­ready re­ceiv­ing some wel­come help.

Wal­lace Dean says the ef­forts of his brother Wade and sis­ter-in-law Ma­rina to or­ga­nize events in the com­mu­nity helped raise $6,000 to go to­wards build­ing a new home at the same lo­ca­tion as the Dean’s pre­vi­ous one on Coun­try Road.

A break­fast and dance was held in the com­mu­nity at the lo­cal Lions Club. Wal­lace at­tended the break­fast with his grand­chil­dren.

“It was nice to see so many peo­ple there,” he says, adding lo­cal busi­nesses have also been gen­er­ous in mak­ing do­na­tions to the cou­ple.

The Sal­va­tion Army has of­fered a help­ing hand, do­nat­ing $2,000 to the cou­ple. With no in­surance on the home and no money com­ing from the pro­vin­cial disas­ter as­sis­tance pro­gram, the Deans will be left on their own to take care of the re­main­ing funds nec­es­sary to build a new home. The prov­ince is only of­fer­ing as­sis­tance for dam­age deemed unin­sur­able.

“I think it cer­tainly says that some­thing should be done about the way that disas­ter fund was set up,” says Wal­lace. “A lot of peo­ple ended up in the same boat as I am — a lot of peo­ple on the Burin Penin­sula and Bon­av­ista Penin­sula had wind dam­age as well as flood dam­age. I’ve heard through the grapevine that some of them didn’t do that well out of it. It’s sad to think some­one who gets a shed gone with an ATV gets all kinds of fund­ing, but some­body with a home don’t do that well out of it, if it’s wind com­pared to a flood.”

The tim­ing is un­for­tu­nate for Wal­lace, who was due to re­tire in March. Now, he ex­pects to work un­til the cou­ple can pay off what­ever loans will be needed to con­struct the home. “I’ll have it built this fall,” he says. Most of the mo­bile home’s roof was sent air­borne dur­ing the hur­ri­cane, and the chim­ney tum­bled onto the ve­randa, fall­ing within inches of a ve­hi­cle in the Dean’s yard.

The Deans are staying with Wal­lace’s par­ents af­ter spend­ing some post-storm time at the home of their daugh­ter, Amanda Sut­ton. The cou­ple’s be­long­ings sal­vaged from the un­for­tu­nate events of the hur­ri­cane are spread out amongst three homes.

The re­cent hol­i­day sea­son was a strange one for the cou­ple, says Wal­lace, who was used to host­ing guests at his own home.

“ The fam­ily tried to make it the best it could, but it still wasn’t the same for us. Hope­fully, we’ll turn around and fix that this com­ing year.”

The mo­bile home, orig­i­nally built on con­crete pil­lars, has not yet been en­tirely torn down, but Wal­lace Dean says him­self and oth­ers in­tend to take care of that busi­ness once the weather al­lows for do­ing so. Come spring, the Deans will start from scratch.

“I’ve had a lot of peo­ple turn around and tell me they don’t mind com­ing around on week­ends ... Hope­fully that will pan out, but if it doesn’t, it doesn’t mat­ter. It still has to be done.”

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