Sapulpa Family Trying To Recover From Flooding

Monday, June 5th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Many people who lost homes and property in the May floods are still angry they did not receive a disaster declaration.

So, Congressman Tom Coburn's office organized a fundraiser for them at Sapulpa's Kelly Lane Park.

Several hundred people came out, but they would have liked a higher turnout.

There were several people who didn't come who made donations beforehand.

The money in this initiative will go to the Red Cross, which has already donated 300-thousand dollars to the victims.

One victim says every little bit helps.

Sapulpa flooding victim Lisa DeMoss watched her 6-year-old son, Dalton, play baseball just across town from the fundraiser.

"I think it is great...very nice of them," says DeMoss.

About a month ago, baseball was the furthest from the DeMoss's minds as their home was one of about 250 the flood waters damaged in the Sapulpa area.

The DeMoss's only had insurance to pay for most of the 20-thousand dollars of damage to the house.

It doesn't cover their other losses... including newly laid carpet, furniture, and clothes at an estimated 27-thousand dollars.

The DeMoss's thought a low interest loan from the Small Business Administration would help.

DeMoss says the SBA denied them, because DeMoss is at home with the kids, and they didn't have enough extra income.

"It's just one more thing we have to deal with," says DeMoss.

The Red Cross has helped the DeMoss's and other victims get back on their feet.

The Red Cross wants to take it a step further by putting together an unmet need committee.

"The American Red Cross can assist them and we will attempt to do what we can ourselves or introduce them to other organizations," says Steve Whitehead of the Red Cross.

DeMoss says she's not going to let setbacks keep her down, and she will try one more round of help from the Red Cross.

The DeMoss's are going to pay about a thousand dollars to insure everything in the house.

The donations from the fundraiser at Kelly Lane Park are going to the Red Cross.

The Red Cross encourages victims they've already helped to come see them again.

And they're still waiting for those who haven't come to them for assistance.