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Boring family seeks help after disaster

Eric Bodreau and family deal with the effects of the windstorm that left their home destroyed


Eric Bodreau and his family awoke at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, March 6, to find their home literally crushed.

Bodreau and his family lived in a mobile home in Big Valley Woods, a heavily wooded mobile home park on Leewood Lane in Boring.

Due to wind, a tree broke and hit their house, landing on the bedroom of Bodreau’s daughter Jaimee, just feet from her bed.

Weather Underground reported wind gusts of more than 30 mph that night.

The tree also uncovered black mold that had been growing under the siding of the house.by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The tree that caused the damage split during the night due to wind gusts of more than 30 mph.

“The home is a total loss,” said Bodreau’s mother, Mary Whitney.

Bodreau and his family had only $25,000 in insurance coverage and owed $14,000 on the home.

In order to let people know about the natural disaster that affected their family, Bodreau and Whitney set up a Facebook page to help gather aid.

The page, which can be found online at facebook.com/bodreaurelieffund, features photos and a Paypal account so visitors to the page can donate if they wish.

Bodreau, his wife and his four children have been staying at the Howard Johnson hotel in Gresham but recently put up a tarp to section off the damaged part of their home because the hotel wasn’t able to accommodate all of them.

“But I’m not sure how long that’s going to last,” Bodreau said, “because we have to get the house demolished soon.”

Bodreau and his family are trying to find an apartment, preferably in Sandy. Sadly, they probably will have to find a new permanent home for their dog because they haven’t been able to find a place that takes pets, he said.by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The tree landed on Eric Bodreaus daughter Jaimees bedroom, about 4 feet from her bed.

“We’re really hard off right now,” Bodreau said. “Just trying to get by.”