Sherman family returns home 9 months after floods

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- Last summer, flood waters destroyed dozens of houses in Sherman. Now nine months later, officials say many of those victims are still waiting to get back into their homes.

For most of us, the sight of flood waters washing away homes is now a memory. But the people who live Contemporary Street in Sherman relive those memories every day, and for one family, being able to simply walk through their home is a blessing.

"It’s an everyday reminder people are still building and trying to get back in," Sherman flood victim Myrtle Mask says.

Nine months ago Contemporary Street was underwater. Homes filled with nearly five feet of flood water and sewage and stuck in the middle of it all were the Masks at 507 Contemporary.

"We wake up not thinking it was that bad and then we open the door and actually realize we have a swimming pool in the back yard."

Myrtle Mask is five feet tall, and has two prosthetic legs, but that morning, she, her husband, and her son grabbed as much as they could, waded to through the neck high water, and left their home of 14-and-a-half years in ruins.

"You never miss anything until you go to reach for it or you have a use for it so we've been in the process of getting everything replaced," said Fred Mask, Myrtle’s husband.

But getting everything replaced comes at a price, close to $37,000 to be exact...

"There isn’t a lot of money," Terri Hartsell is with Grayson Disaster Relief and says there are close to sixty families like the masks whose houses are still heavily damaged.

Luckily for Fred and Myrtle, after months of living with friends and family, they were able to move back home last week, but others are still trying to make enough money to afford repairs.

But thanks to the help of volunteer groups and friends, the masks have been able to do it.

"We’d like to thank all of our friends because we actually found out we had some friends that actually stepped up," the Masks said.

And the feeling is indescribable...

"How does it feel? See the smile, feels like home it’s been great and there’s still a lot of work to do, but it’s good to be back home."

"It’s just good to be back so you try not to think of what was and you build towards the future."

Grayson Disaster Relief is still looking for volunteers to help get families back on track. They will be hosting an informational meeting next Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Sherman.

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