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Basement Wall of Salisbury Home Collapses During Storms

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Basement damage at Samantha Keyes' home. (Photo: Samantha Keyes) Basement damage at Samantha Keyes' home. (Photo: Samantha Keyes)
Flood waters in Samantha Keyes' basement. (Photo: WBOC) Flood waters in Samantha Keyes' basement. (Photo: WBOC)
Outside view of collapsed basement wall. (Photo: Samantha Keyes) Outside view of collapsed basement wall. (Photo: Samantha Keyes)
Damage left in Samantha Keyes' basement. (Photo: WBOC) Damage left in Samantha Keyes' basement. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.- It was a weekend of shoveling and digging through mud at Samantha Keyes' home in Salisbury.  During the heavy rain storms late last week, the basement wall of her home collapsed spilling in mud and nearly a foot of water.

Keyes said she was getting ready for work Thursday morning when she discovered the damage.

"Oh my God.  I could not believe it," Keyes said Monday.  "I was in complete shock.  I immediately starting crying, I was shaking.  I'm making phone calls to my parents who are up in Pennsylvania, four hours away from me, and I'm like, 'I don't know what to do.'"

The wall collapsed Thursday morning sending all the debris into Keyes' basement.  The rains continued over the next 48 hours and she ended up with about a foot of water in her basement, along with all of the mud and pieces of the broken wall.  Keyes and her parents spent the weekend trying to begin the digging out process, trying to collect some of her belongings from under the mud.  All of this while living in a camper in her driveway because the electricity and water is shut off to the home.

"I feel like I am in a state of delirium.  I'm kind of just taking it day by day.  If I think about it too much, it gets overwhelming," Keyes said.

If her basement wall collapsing from flood waters, damaging her things and appliances wasn't enough, the bad news wasn't quite finished.

"My insurance company has decided not to cover it.  So everything is out of pocket.  So my whole team from school came on Friday to help me get everything out of the basement, because it's just us," Keyes said.

However, Keyes remains positive through it all.  She was the support and help from her parents, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.  The excavator is expected to begin work on her property on Monday and then the mason can get to work rebuilding the basement wall.  The hope is to have much of the work complete prior to any possible rain this weekend fro the hurricane.

Keyes said her friends were kind enough to set up a Go Fund Me page for her, which has already started collecting donations for her out-of-pocket repair costs.

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