Helping the abandoned recover from the flood

Helping the abandoned recover from the flood »Play Video
PACIFIC, Wash. -- Flood recovery has left many people homeless and struggling. But thanks to KOMO News viewers, the Problem Solvers have raised tens of thousands of dollars to help people get back on their feet.

Sisters Amber Osborne and Sarah Walls are two sisters from Pacific caught in the struggle.

Building inspectors have red-tagged Amber's rental.

"My girls rooms are totally ruined, warped and molding on back walls," Amber said.

Amber, a mother with three caregiver jobs, won't let her parents sleep in the moldy place. But she says she doesn't have enough money saved up to move.

"You just get to the point where just live in a car and lose everything. And it's hard to do that when you've got four little people who look up to you, and moms always been able to take care of everything," she said.

Amber's sister lives on the same rental property. Flood water mixed with sewage made her rental uninhabitable.

"We were happy. Have a small house but happy. And now we have nothing," Wall said.

The sisters spent their savings on hotel and food after the flood. The two families plan to move to a duplex, but scraping together the cash is tough when one dad lost his job and the other is injured.

So the Problem Solvers provided the sisters with their first month's rent at their new places.

But the two families are not alone. Many flood victims can't get the help they need from the federal government, state agencies or their insurance company. They've fallen through the cracks.

Every day next week, our Problem Solvers will teaming up with long-term recovery organizations -- folks who are working the front lines and know the challenges and unmet needs of their communities. We will visit the hardest-hit areas and hand out tens of thousands of dollars you donated to flood relief.