NewsFlooding in the Heartland: A Year Later

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Fort Gibson flood victims still need help recovering

Fort Gibson home one year later
Posted at 4:27 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 19:34:07-04

FORT GIBSON, Okla. — It has been one year to the day since the Steeber family left their home for two weeks as water rose to their ceiling. Still, it sits gutted, and they fear it will be another year before they can move back in.

It has been nearly a full year since record floods destroyed homes along Donkey Lane in Fort Gibson. Some families have left, some are back home, and others are still rebuilding.

Dorian and Carla Steeber have run out of means to rebuild, but they are still focusing on others who need help.

"It has presented us opportunities that I will never have again to help our neighbors and help strangers we had never met,” Dorian said.

Both said, "even though it sounds crazy", they would do it all again if it meant being able to help others like they have for the past year.

The family owns their home, which they have lived in for 19 years, and the one next door, which they keep for family to stay with them.

Now, they are living in a 300-square-foot addition to that family home, after they were able to fully repair the building.

That's where their finances ran out, as they found out the repairs to their own home that they thought would take three more months will actually take another year.

"We’re kind of at the end of our ability to do anything else, and we have a lot of work to do, but that will be provided for us too," Dorian said. "We’ll be okay.”

The family said any help, no matter how small, will go a long way. You can contact Carla at 918-360-5471, or email them at d_steeber@yahoo.com.

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