Hurricane Irma wrecks Fulton womans' winter home

2 years 9 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, September 14 2017 Sep 14, 2017 Thursday, September 14, 2017 5:30:00 AM CDT September 14, 2017 in Top Stories
By: Claire Kopsky, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

FULTON - A Fulton woman's second home in Chokoloskee, Florida, 25 miles south of Naples, was heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma.

Kathy Kronk says a nine foot water surge rushed into her home, putting about three and a half feet of water throughout the whole house, destroying everything it reached.

“Everything that was on the floor in the house is just tumbled and it’s all shoved back from the water side into the kitchen," she said. "I have shelves up on the wall that still have the knick-knacks on them. But everything at ground level, washer, dryer, all the kitchen cabinets everything just looks like someone took a bulldozer inside.” 

Kronk described it as maximum damage.

“On a one to ten, it’s a ten. It’s a mess but we’ll hopefully be able to redo it from the inside out, and then whatever we’ve got to have, roofing, siding all the interior walls. You can see the dirt in my living room, you can see the floor is ripped out because that’s where that water came up and just popped it out.”  

Kronk travels to her Florida home every year from November to April. Last year, she was excitedly remodeling her home. This year, she’ll go a few weeks earlier than normal, this time to clean up.

Kronk’s son lives not far from her Chokoloskee home and started gutting the house Wednesday so a bulldozer can come pick up the debris.

A friend from Fulton jumped in his car Wednesday morning with a truck full of supplies and tools to drive to Florida to help with the clean up. Kronk said he called and offered to drive down. 

“In times like this, that’s just what people do. They drop everything and help,” she said.

Kronk said she’s one of the lucky ones because her house sits about four feet above the ground. Many neighbors lost almost everything. Manufactured homes or RVs were a total loss.

Kronk has had a home in Florida for more than 20 years. Her first home went through Hurricane Charlie, Andrew and Wilma. She and her late husband bought her current Florida home four years ago.

The clean up process will take months, but Kronk says, right now, the neighborhood needs power, safe drinking water and fuel for cars.

She said anyone who can jump in their car, drive down and offer elbow grease would be welcome, especially by older people in the area. 

Kronk said there are other ways to help, too.

“There’s churches on the islands that do a food pantry every week and there’s people who are going to need that more than ever," she said. "So you can contact those churches or they have a chamber of commerce you can actually make donations through one of those entities and you can be assured that the donations will go directly to the people.”

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Truman VA staff cheered on a veteran while he was wheeled out of the hospital on Monday. He... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 8:19:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA—About 20 people filed complaints about other individuals or businesses not following the mask ordinance this weekend, according to the... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 7:19:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services have cooling centers open to the general public as an impending... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 6:55:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Camden County Sheriff's Office received nearly a $400 million in grant funding through the Department's Office of... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 6:36:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — COVID-19 tests recommended by doctors now must be free to Missouri patients under a new law. ... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 5:41:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
WENTZVILLE (AP) — General Motors will temporarily lay off a shift of workers at its assembly plant in Wentzville amid... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 5:36:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City does not plan to place a mask ordinance anytime soon, according to local officials. ... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 4:35:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia, University of Missouri Health Care and Boone Hospital Center released a joint statement on... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 4:17:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
JEFF CITY - The Department of Health and Senior Services and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released a... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 3:45:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
ROLLA (KBIA) — National forests, including Mark Twain in the Missouri Ozarks, saw big crowds over the Fourth of July... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 3:25:16 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — Missouri prisoners are raising concerns because guards are not required to wear face masks. Prisoners told... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 3:17:20 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
MISSOURI — As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Missouri, state and local officials confirm new case counts daily. ... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 3:00:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA (Missourian) - Medical marijuana could be available in dispensaries this fall, now that two cultivation facilities passed inspection... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 2:33:13 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A sentence hearing for the man who pleaded guilty in a February 2019 arson at a Planned Parenthood... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 2:23:17 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Staying cool in the summer is a must, but this year it involves wearing masks. Wearing a... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 2:20:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The B&B Bagel Company's south location sustained damage to its building and awning on Monday morning. B&B... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 1:45:55 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Parson signed a child protection bill into law on Monday. The bill includes protecting homeless youth... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 1:34:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The state of Missouri is investigating a St. Louis company that it says approved 600... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 1:15:36 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 72°
2am 74°
3am 73°
4am 72°
5am 71°