Flood damage displaces mother and her daughter with disabilities

Published: Jul. 6, 2022 at 8:08 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - A Huntertown mother and her daughter with disabilities were forced to evacuated their home Tuesday night after their home flooded.

It began as a usual night for Camilla Haas and her daughter Lauren. Haas says she was doing laundry and watching TV when she heard a noise.

“I thought it was the washing machine, but no it was the water in my basement,” Haas said. “It was just pouring into the basement, like a waterfall, it was right up there. It was still bubbling, it was still coming up.”

She says she immediately began crying and didn’t know what to do. Haas called her daughter who lives down the street who took a look at the problem. She says they immediately knew they needed to leave. Haas says Lauren has a gene deletion and chromosome addition, causing her to need constant care. So, she grabbed all the medical supplies she could and called the police.

Flood damage displaces mother and her daughter with disabilities
Flood damage displaces mother and her daughter with disabilities(WPTA21)

“I hit panic mode. I had never seen anything like this,” she said. “I got her into her wheel chair, I don’t know how many fireman picked her up and carried her out.”

Haas says the fire department came and helped them safely evacuate their home that was in almost a foot of water. Haas says her entire neighborhood was flooded. The fire department let them stay at the station while they got dry clothes and the American Red Cross helped them as much as they could.

But where will Lauren get the care she needs? Haas says they couldn’t go to a hotel because there wouldn’t be enough outlets for her daughter’s equipment. So they went to the hospital.

Flood damage displaces mother and her daughter with disabilities
Flood damage displaces mother and her daughter with disabilities(WPTA21)

The good in all this? Haas says the community and her family stepped up to help when she needed it the most.

“I thought people think im just the crazy lady who doesn’t come out of her house,” she said. “But no, I was wrong. Everyone was down here helping me.

Haas says they’re waiting for their home inspection to be complete. That’s how they’ll know if they can return to their home at all. In the meantime, they’ll remain at the hospital because Haas says that’s the only place Lauren can get adequate care.

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