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Jazz Musician’s Tiny Home Swept Away By Floodwaters


Jazz Musician Bruce Dunlap narrowly escaped when his tiny home was caught up in a flash flood near Santa Fe. He climbed out the back window with the help of neighbors, but the home — built in 2010 — was carried away and ultimately crashed into a tree and debris.

He is looking for support on Go Fund Me as his vehicle was also totaled in the flood. You can see the pictures of the disaster below.

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His Car Was Also Totalled in the Flood

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Last Tuesday evening we had a true hundred-year flood in Rio en Medio just north of Santa Fe. I was in my house and suddenly there was a wall of water about 30 feet high and 300 feet wide that came down the valley (probably due to the fires here a couple years ago.)

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The house was knocked off its foundations and drifted a ways down the torrent. I managed to escape out the back window with the help of my neighbors.

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The picture below was taken after much of the water had receded. (This is usually a little mountain stream.) As you can see the porch and the front pillar were ripped off along with the wooden skirting. And you can see by the mud on the front of the house, the water was up above the high gothic window.

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Images via Go Fund Me

The next few pictures show the aftermath of the flood the following day.

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The good news is that I am alive and feeling pretty darn grateful about it. The bad news is that my beloved house/studio was severely damaged and I will need to rebuild or completely renovate and purchase another car.. 

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(The house is uninsured because it was built in 2010 before they had decided on the particulars for Tiny house insuring.) So in short I have to put my life back together from the ground up. Can you help please? I would be eternally grateful.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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