Lois & Jack Worlton
Riverwood, St George
Written by Jack Worlton
On Tuesday we were advised that our house was not in danger.
Nevertheless, we put some essentials in our car, our prescriptions, our
financial records, a laptop computer, and a few clothes, and went out to
lunch. In the meantime, the river altered course and attacked
the area just below our house. While we were gone, some of our good
neighbors broke into our house, seeing that it was in danger, and took out a
lot of the contents. However, they were not able to get everything
because the house was in such danger that the Fire Department made them
When we cam back, about an hour later, our house was inaccessible and there
were still things in it we wanted to get out, but we couldn't get in.
They had broken open the doors. Good neighbors that will break into
your house in an emergency. They said the police officer tried
to stop them, but they went in anyway.
About two-thirds of the house fell into the river, and a third hung
there, and is still hanging there on the edge.
Financially, we could have sold the house the week before for about
$250,000. In our dark moment of humor we said, "Well, we didn't lose
everything. We still have our mortgage." That house was an
investment as part of our retirement.
Sleeping is a bit of a problem. We wake up at night and worry and
think and have a hard time getting back to sleep. Socially,
we've lost a neighborhood and friends because most are still there and we're
still here, but we don't live there anymore, We feel very said about
Losing a house isn't just losing a structure. We put a lot of our
heart and soul into making it a wonderful place to live. People tell
us they've tried to call us, but just got a busy signal. We tell them
they're using the wrong area code. Call Mesquite, that's where our
Our philosophy is that a house is just a thing, and people are more
important than things. We have each other and friends and
family, and those are the most important things in our lives.
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