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OHWR Mission Statement
The Oak Hill Wildfire Relief Committee is dedicated to assisting our neighbors in the Scenic Brook and South Windmill Run neighborhoods to rebuild homes and lives after the wild fire of April 17th, 2011.
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A brief synopsis of where we currently stand:
Insured Homeowners of Scenic Brook and South Windmill Run –
- Approximately 20 of our neighbor’s homes were destroyed or severely damaged by the wildfire. Despite having homeowners insurance, many neighbors are struggling with tremendous out-of-pocket costs. Expenses not covered by their insurance – to include demolition of their homes, providing security and other related costs – have created a significant financial burden for them. Funds have been, and will continue to be, raised and distributed by the neighborhood fund raising task force for these neighbors to help defray out-of-pocket costs that were incurred when the wild fire swept our neighborhoods. Please join us in our rebuilding efforts.
Uninsured Homeowners of Scenic Brook –
- Lilly Henric, 7210 Scenic Brook Drive – Lilly’s roof caught fire from flying ash and hot embers and eventually collapsed inwards. Most of the home’s contents were destroyed by fire, the weight of the falling roof and the water used to battle the blaze. From a massive pile of burnt rubble, volunteers from our neighborhoods in Oak Hill and Austin began a controlled demolition with the intent to salvage as much as possible. On July 10, 2011, volunteers finished removing 6 industrial dumpsters (approximately 170 yards) of debris from Lilly’s home. The slab, outer rock walls and plumbing are intact. Permits are in place. The fireplace was recently demolished (thanks to Hastings Contracting) and the first phase of construction – to completely rebuild the roof structure and dry it in – has begun thanks to the materials received through the work of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church and Richard Reeves, who we are forever grateful. We hope to finish the first phase by the middle of September. As additional funding and materials are received, the second phase of construction will begin – to completely reconstruct the inside of Lilly’s home. John Pfannkuche is serving as Lilly’s construction supervisor/contractor. (Bless you John!) Lilly Henric’s rebuild fund balance is approximately $11,000 and will go towards the first and second phases of construction. Please join us in rebuilding Lilly Henric’s home.
- Janice and Doug Todd at 7209 Scenic Brook Drive – Janice and Doug’s attic caught fire from flying ash and burning embers entering their attic vent. The attic fire caused severe damage to the Todd’s two front rooms, as well as extensive smoke damage throughout their house. The Todd’s home was quickly stripped to the studs within 2 weeks from the date of the fire by a large group of volunteers from our Oak Hill neighborhoods and Austin. The slab, side outer walls, plumbing, fireplace and roof are intact. Even so, a portion of the Todd’s roof will eventually have to be replaced. Next steps will be to obtain permits and begin the rebuilding process as soon as certain legal issues are resolved. Fred Thomas has agreed to serve as the Todd’s construction supervisor/contractor. (Bless you Fred!) An architect, interior designer and landscaper have also volunteered to assist the Todd’s in rebuilding their home. Janice and Doug Todd’s rebuild fund balance is approximately $40,000. In addition, as an employee of a home-building supply company, Mr. Todd is eligible, and applying for, a $10,000 grant from the company. Please join us in rebuilding Janice and Doug Todd’s home.
Thank you for your time and for any assistance you may provide for our neighbors during these tough times!