been more than 18 months since Tropical Storm Irene. For most Vermonters, including many who
experienced it firsthand, the storm is no longer a part of their lives and
daily conversations. But
for those who lost houses, Irene is still very present.
the time Tropical Storm Irene swept through Vermont, more than 3,500 homes were either heavily
damaged or completely destroyed by the storm. One
of the houses totally wiped away by Irene belonged to Jon Graham and Beth Frock
the months since Tropical Storm Irene hit last August, we’ve been checking in
periodically with Jon Graham and Beth Frock of Rochester. The couple and their two daughters’ home was
destroyed in the flooding. They lost nearly everything, and Jon, who was in the
house when it collapsed, was lucky to get out alive.
For Jon Graham and Beth Frock, the
trauma from losing their home of 15 years, and the physical danger they faced when Tropical Storm Irene hit not only lingers but poses emotional and psychological
roadblocks that crop up unexpectedly on the path to recovery.
Graham, Beth Frock and their two daughters, Rhianna and Chloe, lost their home
when floodwaters from Tropical Storm Irene eroded the land underneath their
home, collapsing it. Since
then, the family has been navigating the painfully slow process of dealing with
the financial as well as emotional fallout.
VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb checks in with the Graham-Frock family again, and speaks with 16-year-old
high school senior Rhianna Graham-Frock about what life has been like for
her since Irene took the family’s home.
For Vermonters hardest hit by
Tropical Storm Irene, the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday comes with mixed
emotions. Jon Graham and Beth Frock of Rochester certainly have
much to be thankful for, especially since Jon escaped uninjured when his house collapsed
around him on August 28th.
Tropical Storm Irene destroyed the home of Beth Frock and Jon Graham of Rochester.
The couple is coping with a tremendous upheaval to their lives, and they’ve recently learned insurance won’t pay for the damages.