Family of nine left homeless, needs help after storm
CORDELE, GA (WALB) -
A Crisp County family of nine is asking for help tonight after they were left homeless by weekend storms.
Linda Cheesman and her eight family members, including five great grand kids, were inside their Crisp County home as it was battered by Saturday's storm.
"The children were just terrified. They were jumping up and down they were so scared," recalled Linda Cheesman, homeowner. "We didn't know what to do."
"I mean you could hear the roar, you could hear the trailer shaking," Cheesman said. "You could feel the trailer shaking." "Water started pouring through the windows," said her granddaughter Cynthia Hall.
Their light fixtures are now full of water. Debris lies in the yard and tarp covers most of the roof that was ripped off by high winds.
"The church came out and the sheriff came out and brought inmates to pick up and clean up everything and move everything into the house," recalled Hall.
The damage has left their home unlivable. The Red Cross put them up for three nights in a hotel and the family's church is paying for their stay until Thursday.
After that, the family has no where to go.
"Most of our clothes was salvageable," said Cheesman. "Monetary, we have nothing. We just don't have it to do and I don't know what to do."
"My moms bed got soaked because it just started leaking all right there," added Hall.
They've shifted all of the items that weren't damaged to a small, dry area of their home. But more rain could be headed their way.
Cheesman and her family have lived in the home for 14 years. She's legally blind and one of the 5 great-grand kids is disabled.
So, she says anything to help keep a roof over their head is paramount.