A Marshall County family’s home is sitting on a growing sinkhole. And now, the family says it’s time to move out.
7News visited the Flowers family almost a month ago, when their house was starting to crack and heave.
Now, it’s much worse, and they’ve made a painful but inevitable decision.
The Red Cross told Bob and Susan Flowers that their house was uninhabitable.
Their insurance won’t cover any of it everything would come out of their pockets.
Just to fix the foundation alone would cost more than the value of the house.
So the Flowers family is moving, but it is not easy.
“Of course, you know, you raise your kids there. And I know it’s just a house, it’s just material things, but there’s so many memories. I am kind of sad by it. I’m very sad by it. Then I try not to think of it ’cause then I cry,” said Susan.
But there are three rays of sunshine in their story.
One is the house next door, which they bought more than a year ago as investment property. This will now become their home.
Bright spot number two: the Leo Club from Moundsville Middle School.
“They’re helping us with the house next door to get it ready to move in,” said Bob.
“They donate their time, their energy, and I just appreciate it so much,” Susan said.
And number three: the Red Cross.
“[They] are the most compassionate people I’ve ever seen. They call and check up on me. They called me Saturday to make sure I was doing OK,” said Susan.
Their “new” house next door needs toilets, dry wall, flooring, cabinets, and trim. So they’re working every day, as they move a little at a time.
The new house is half the size of their old one, so they’re downsizing.
“You live there for 36 years, you accumulate a lot of stuff,” said Bob.
The Flowers said they never imagined this, but they say they’ll make it work.
They are still staying at their old house until the new one is ready. They say they hope the old house doesn’t collapse in the meantime.