Troubleshooter teams with businesses to help rehab home
After being learning about Shelly's situation, Bill Horn, owner of Paul Davis Restoration, donated thousands of dollars of mold remediation work.
Shelly read a thank you letter to Horn for all the help he provided.
GOSHEN, KY (WAVE) - A mother and two children are sleeping in their own beds after flooding and mold forced them from their home.
Shelly Slagel is moving into her Goshen home, all over again after spending more than a year and a half in limbo.
"I'm so proud of it, I think it looks really good," Shelly said of her home.
Things didn't look good for Shelly and her children, Jack and Madeline, when their story was first reported in January. Six floods over eight months nearly destroyed their family room, front entrance and garage. There was thousands of dollars in damage followed by mold that caused such horrible breathing problems, Shelly and the kids had to move in with relatives.
Slagel sued the Oldham County Environmental Authority claiming an OCEA sewer project on her street created drainage issues that caused her flooding. The county denies wrongdoing and Shelly, a single mom, was left with a home that was unlivable.
The renovation project started back in June. After being learning about Shelly's situation, Bill Horn, owner of Paul Davis Restoration, donated thousands of dollars of mold remediation work. A project that took nearly a week to complete.
Paul Davis crews boxed up the family's belongings, ripped out the mold infested carpets and walls, then cleaned and sterilized everything.
After that, some of Paul Davis' partner businesses got involved. Young Environmental Services cleaned out mold that had seeped into the HVAC system and Nicholas Leow of Micro analytics did free air testing to confirm it was safe to breathe again.
After the home was found safe, Shelly's dad put up new drywall and her cousins, owners of Whalen Electric in Lexington, installed new electric wiring.
Volunteers from St. John United Methodist Church in Prospect also helped out and painted the walls while Sam Kinnard's Flooring finished off the home makeover with free carpet.
"When you're a locally owned and operated business, anytime you can give back to the community that supports you, it makes us have a sense of pride in what we're doing," said Andrew Estes of Sam Kinnard's Flooring.
Shelly's been working long hours too, spending thousands dollars of her own to help rehab her home.
In October, four months after work began, Bill Horn of Paul Davis Restoration came back to see how it all looks. That gave Shelly the chance to show just how much everyone's donations have meant to her.
"I had been wanting to send you a thank you card and everything," Shelly said to Horn as she pulled a hand written letter from her pocket. It was a thank you letter to Horn for all the help he provided. She started to read.
"I don't even know if you call can understand the magnitude of this life changing, life saving act," Shelly read, breaking down in tears. "You all came into my life and gave me hope and immeasurable help and support. And a safe home for me and my kids to live in once again."