A GoFundMe page has been created to help Marsh and her family, who were displaced by Monday mornings storms.
Tammy Marsh was still at it Tuesday afternoon, clearing out debris while wearing a mask and assessing her future more than 30 hours after a tree crashed through the second story of her home Monday morning.
As reported by WRAL Monday, Marsh, her eight children and her niece were in the home when a tree from their backyard fell onto their Chisholm Street home in Sanford around 7:30 a.m. Monday as a violent wave of thunderstorms and high winds swept through the state. Marsh told WRAL she ran to her 12-year-old son Brandon’s room and saw him in his bed surrounded by limbs and debris. She had to lift a beam to pull him out from under the mess — Brandon was then taken to the emergency room where he was treated for minor injuries.
The shock of that sight was still fresh for Marsh on Tuesday, but she also had more serious concerns. Her home uninhabitable (due to the large hole in her house and the power cut by the electric company for safety reasons), Marsh told The Rant she was worried about having a home for her and her children. In addition, she’s currently on medical leave from Moen, as she’s considered higher risk for medical complications should she come in contact with the COVID-19 coronavirus. To top it off, uncertainty surrounds who will repair the damages and when the home will be livable again.
“My lights are off,” Marsh said Tuesday. “The insurance company says they cannot assess the damage because of the pandemic, and I need to send them pictures. We don’t even have a tarp — if it rains, it’s going to destroy my furniture. My kids and I are packing up, and we’re stressed out. We’re basically homeless now.”
The family received support from the local Red Cross and Lee County Schools, which put them up at a local hotel for a week (though Marsh has had to pay for additional rooms).
A family friend has organized a GoFundMe page to help the family recover. Through 5 p.m. on Tuesday, $5,400 had been raised from 95 donors.
The Rant has reached out to New Leaf Properties of Sanford to find information on the owner of the home (whom Marsh has never met) and the rental agreement. This story will be updated when new information is available.