On the other hand, my brother Mike and his wife Melissa and their 4 1/2 month old twins Blake and Lyla are now homeless. Flooding in New Jersey from hurricane Irene sent them packing to New York to stay with Melissa's sister. Mike returned to his house last night to rescue their cat (he was fine) and survey the damage. Though the water has now receded, during the height of the flood, there was 3-4 feet of water on the first floor. Everything on that floor is pretty much lost. Items on the second floor are ok. Fortunately they rent the house rather than own it, so they don't have to deal with the damage to the house, but it looks like they will have to move again after having lived there for 1 month.
So our thoughts are with them and we hope that renter's insurance and FEMA can help, clean -up is quick and they are able to find a new place to live as soon as possible. Wish we could do more.