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Problem Solvers: WWII veteran still needs help getting home

Posted at 4:40 PM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 11:23:46-04

GROVE, Okla. — Donations are starting to come in for an elderly couple displaced from their home during the floods last May.

The WWII veteran and his wife have been moving from rental to rental for more than a year.

Since the flooding, Claud and Loula Lamb exhausted every effort to get help from FEMA.

They received around $8,000 that paid to tear out the damaged flooring and walls and put up new sheet-rock.

Catholic Charities of Northeastern Oklahoma along with Oklahoma Emergency Response Team and Northeast Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Coalition.

CCEOK case worker Mary Richardson started advocating for the couple after she met them back in February.

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“What we really need at this point is funding, because we can't get the volunteers right now again understandable but we can't get volunteers. So, we need funding because we're using contractors. The work we've done since February has been all done with contractors,” Richardson said.

The groups need close to $42,000 and donated appliances to finish repairing the Lamb’s home.

Thanks to 2 Works for You viewers, CCEOK collected more than $6,000 on behalf of the Lamb’s. They need more than $30,000 to reach their goal.

Claud is a 93-year-old WWII veteran in declining health and desperately wants to get back into his home.

“It’s terrible. We lived here 30 years… 30 years… and we've got this here for family, and we've raised ‘em all here," Claud said. "They would come up here on weekends, and everything and this is the only home that we've ever had. We've been married 69 years.”

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