Story and photos by Robert W. Wallace
"My home is now at the bottom of Lake Evans," said former Eastwood Village resident Glenn Smithey. On September 13 Smithey and his wife Vicki made the final mortgage payment on their mobile home. Then disaster struck: that very same day, a Friday the 13th, flood waters swept through their mobile home park, destroying what had been their home for almost ten years.
The Smitheys mortgage payment included a payment for home insurance, but unfortunately, they did not have a separate flood policy. As a result, their insurance company has denied them all recovery benefits.
Vicki Smithey is a manager for Harbor Freight Tools, in Fort Collins, Colorado. Her company has provided them with temporary housing at Candlewood Suites hotel. They are looking for a new home. said Smithey.
Glenn Smithey is a truck driver and warehouse worker for the Weld Food Bank in Greeley, Colorado. On this day he had brought the food bank's mobile feeding truck along with a group volunteers to the multi-agency Disaster Recovery Center in Evans, Colorado. At times there was a long line of residents waiting for food assistance.