On Aug. After the storm subsided, Schmadeke would discover that the storm knocked her trailer off three of its piers and blew off all the skirting and insulation under the trailer.
It also badly damaged her roof, which would lead to water running down her interior walls each time it rained. Nobody checked on me. I just felt so alone. Since that storm, Schmadeke has been relentlessly pursuing individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help repair her home of 23 years while balancing her to hour-a-week work schedule as a cab driver.
In late July, she was denied once again after filing her fourth appeal. For the most recent appeal, she also has been in contact with U. Out of the 19, denials, only a few hundred filed appeals.
The bathroom needs to be replaced as the floor damage has caused her toilet to sink low. But somehow, I got up. In April, eight months after the derecho, Schmadeke finally got her roof fixed. Through the PATCH program and local nonprofit Matthew 25, a roofing crew came out and did the job in just a couple hours.
For the eight months before the roof repair, Schmadeke would have to empty buckets each time it rained. I have to paint the trailer too. Schmadeke has been the subject of other national stories on derecho recovery and FEMA, but she said even after having a story published nationally she has never heard from city officials.
Nobody cared basically. She said she hopes to get a lawyer to help her sort through her situation.
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