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Indiahoma Family's Roof Caves Under Rain

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INDIAHOMA Okla_ An Indiahoma family is trying to pick up the pieces after an attempt to renovate their home fell victim to Mother Nature.

Friday's unexpected rainstorm was welcomed by many, but not by the Mays family. They were trying to save money by putting a new roof on their recently purchased home by themselves. It was a requirement for the family to be able to get the home insured, but with the storms came a shower of bad luck. 

One step inside the door, it's easy to see that it was hard for the Mays family to salvage anything. Friday's rain on an unfinished roof dumped large amounts of water into the home causing the ceilings to cave in.  Homeowner Sheena Mays said she will never forget what she saw when she got home Friday night.

"When I opened the door, it was pouring in the house," Sheena said. "Everything was falling in around me."

Sheena said she could not control her emotions.

"I walked around for 30 minutes screaming," Sheena said. "I didn't know what to do."

Everything they had worked so hard for was reduced to a wet pile of rubble. She immediately ran around trying to grab anything that was not destroyed, but she quickly realized only some of her family's clothing could be salvaged.

"The whole house is ruined," Sheena said. "Every bit of sheetrock in the house has to be replaced. The floors will have to be replaced."

Now a home that the family just bought in May is in ruins.

"It was fine. We lived in it," Sheena said. "All we had to do was replace a piece right here. Now, we have to redo the whole thing from the ground up."

They were working to put on a new roof, so the home could be insured. They are without any insurance as they work to fix all the new damage. It's a task their financial situation forces them to do on their own.

"We are going to put everything that we can get into it to try to get it livable as quick as possible," Sheena said. "It's going to take awhile, and it's going to take a lot of effort, but it's our home."

The Mays family are currently living with family, but look forward to the day they can be home in Indiahoma again.

The House of Bread Church in Lawton is taking donations for the Mays family. Anyone wanting to drop off items or donations can take them to 1415 Southwest Wisconsin this Friday from 12:00PM – 8:00PM. Or call them at (580) 248-8519.

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