Family's home condemned after last week's storm

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA (WWBT) – All this week families have been cleaning up from last week's storm. One family in Chesterfield is still trying to find a place to live after a tree fell on to their house last Thursday.

The loud buzzing sound of chainsaws filled a neighborhood in Chesterfield last week as dozens of neighbors joined Chris Mathews on the roof of his house to cut down an one hundred year old tree. It's been a busy week.

"I've been talking to insurance agents, construction crews, three companies and trying to find temporary housing, and going back and forth to hotels and back here to my house, and taking care of what I can here. It's been real rough," said Mathews.

We took our first look at the damage inside the home. Mathews says he came really close to being in the way of that tree.

The house has been condemned. So Mathew and his family including four pets have been living in a hotel. He reached out to NBC12 seeking help finding a temporary home for his family.

"Monday morning I went to five different places looking for an apartment that I could live in and found out all of them had a 2 pet limit, today I've been to 2 houses, had people over at the house, there's no easy part," he said.

The problem is finding an affordable home to rent for just a few months. The local American Red Cross did offer some fall back options in case the Mathews don't find a home soon - accommodations for the pets as well.

The Mathews are now just waiting for an estimate from the insurance company.

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