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Kalama family forced to evacuate after landslide threatens home

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(Photos: Alison Day) (Photos: Alison Day)
Before the slide. Before the slide.

A Kalama family of four is forced to evacuate, after a landslide threatened their home. The hillside collapsed some 10 feet from the family’s front door.

It happened at the height of the major rainstorm last week.

“It was Tuesday night, about 4:30 in the morning, I heard a massive clattering like thunder outside of my window,” said Alison Day. “Since the storm was so powerful I assumed it was thunder. As soon as we got up in the morning we saw that two thirds of our yard had fallen into a canyon.”

Alison Day tells FOX 12 at the time this all happened, they were stuck on their property because all of the roads were flooded out by the rain. Day says she waited some 24 hours for emergency services to be able get through to her property so they could assess the damage.

“It was sliding as we stood there and watched it, and there were parts dropping off, water shooting out.  So, the guy tells me it’s not safe and to grab the kids, gather what I can and get off of the property.”

To make matters worse, Day says they don’t have disaster insurance.  Which means they can’t afford to save, or rebuild the home.  Day tells FOX 12 crews estimated some $140-thousand in damages.

“I’m a little in shock right now, and just trying to process what we do next instead of freaking out that our home of eight years is rendered useless to us,” said Day. “It’s a devastating financial loss, and there are emotions tied to this place. I was hoping my children would grow up here.”

Day says her family of four is looking for a new place to live. Their new home will also need room for a large dog and nine rescue cats the family keeps on their property.

Day tells FOX 12 they’ll work to remove the rest of their belongings from their house Wednesday morning, before the next round of rainfall. They’ve been told their house could essentially slide into the hillside at some point, according to Day.

Alison Day says both she and her husband, Michael, are music teachers.  Since this all happened, she says she’s been overwhelmed by the support from both current and former students.

“It’s really meant a lot to us,” said Day. “It’s been really nice to feel supported."

If you want to help the family during this difficult time visit:  https://www.gofundme.com/daylandslide.

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