Tropical Storm Isaias

Quick Facts

Update as of 9/4/20

Currently much work is being done in the garage of the Bowles’ home, getting furniture and items cleaned as much as possible and readying the garage as a staging area for items that will need to be removed from the house as demolition begins.

The movement of household items (mostly into the garage) is about 99% complete. Some of those items have been moved (after being cleaned) to long term storage into a Grace & Peace member’s house. Counter tops have been removed and placed in the garage. 

Dehumidifiers and fans continue to run inside the house and the garage. 

Once the house is empty and ready for demolition, the first tasks will be:

-Remove first layer of subfloor plywood and then spray the floor and the under side in the crawl space.

-Remove all doors and frames/trim.

-Remove bathroom floor tile and perhaps wall tile as well.

-Remove walls to about 24″ above the floor. The necessary height is still being determined.

-Remove insulation in exterior walls. 

-Remove cabinets (to be re-used).

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Tropical Storm Isaias hit the East Coast of the United States the first week of August, depositing several inches of rain inside of the home of an OPC member of Grace and Peace OPC in California, MD. Early indications are that David Bowles and his elderly mother’s home could need up to six months of repairs due to the damaged floors, cabinets, and other issues stemming from water seepage. The home did not, and was not required to, have flood insurance. Initial cost estimates for restoration are from $30,000 – $40,000.

OPC Disaster Response Coordinator, David Nakhla, traveled to Maryland where he met with the homeowner, David Bowles, Pastor Edd Cathey, deacons at Grace and Peace OPC in California, Maryland, members of the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic, as well as with deacon Mark Peter from Grace OPC in Vienna, VA, and Jim Flannigan from Covenant OPC in New Bern, NC to assess the damage. Please pray for this effort.

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