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Chris Klar's flooded North Shore home cleaned up by neighbours

11/09/2014 12:45 EST | Updated 01/09/2015 05:59 EST
More than two dozen volunteers pitched in Saturday to help clear the mud and debris from a North Vancouver home seriously damaged in Monday's flood.

Homeowner Chris Klar says local houses are unable to get insurance for flooding so the extensive damage caused to homes like hers is devastating.

She says parts of her home and backyard were damaged or destroyed by a torrent of mud, rocks and residue that poured down the hill and the street as 80 mm of rain fell on North Vancouver.

Klar's house was one of the hardest hit.

She says she had previously received advice to open the doors in this type of flooding so the water could flow through the house and not build up in it, which she did. 

​"So the house basically became part of the stream," said Klar, "and it wasn't just water right? It was mud and rocks and debris."

Despite the precautions, Klar says the damage inside and out was still extensive, but Mark Ely, Klar's husband says the help they're getting since has been nothing short of amazing.

"There's a woman I've never seen who came a couple nights ago with a hot meal and she says she just heard about us in the news and thought we could use a hot meal," he said.

Ely says local Good Samaritans have been pitching in for days and a lot of progress has already been made.

Colleague Kevin McCort says people know tragedy can strike anyone.

"Everyone thinks, this could be me, and you understand what a family's going through," he said.

Rocio Lopez is a family friend.

"They're such good friends, we just want to help them get through this,"he said. "People just started showing up, and neighbours and people that I don't even know where they come from, and it was amazing."

Another friend, Sharon Fisher says it's been a real bonding experience.

"I hardly know anybody here and it's just amazing how everybody's just pitching in together, and just getting to know each other and you do what you need to do," she said.

Klar says on the first day after the flood her son said, "This is terrible." But now she says it feels pretty good.

"You know, we have a problem with loneliness and people being separated in this city, and this is, as soon as the opportunity comes for people to get together and pitch in and there's a cause, it's amazing." 

Says Ely, "It's a great community. I'm glad to be a part of it."

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