Rebuilding from Igor
Victoria couple receives help after losing home
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.”