Rev. Norma Walters Roberts and her husband Jimmy, have been out of their home for almost 12 weeks. They were awakened about 11:15 p.m. on June 4, as sewage was filling the parsonage in Roxboro, where Norma is appointed to Longhurst UMC.
Following that spill, everything in the house had to be removed and cleaned or replaced, to assure the home will be habitable and free of contamination. Flooring (including subflooring), baseboards, ducts, bathroom cabinets, toilet and shower all were removed and discarded. Also ruined and removed were upholstered furniture, draperies, bedding and many personal items. The HVAC system still needs to be replaced. The Roberts were advised to get Hepatitis shots. They also were advised to use disinfectant to clean their hands, feet and shoes, when they go into the house until it is declared free of bacteria.
The Longhurst parsonage is insured, but a sewage spill is not covered by the policy. The church Trustees have been working with the appropriate agencies to repair and restore the house, and the final settlements cover a great deal of the repair, but they leave the church with needs they cannot address. The settlements do not include any furnishings, personal loss, the HVAC unit and a few other items. The settlement came to $39,525, and the remaining needs are estimated at $25,000.
Donations are requested for the final restoration of the parsonage. If you or your church will contribute, you are encouraged to follow this link:
Grateful for your support, in prayer and in gifts,
Rev. Carol Goehring