'Help rebuild their home'

A GoFundMe has been created for Larry Gilchuck and his wife who were inside their Vernon home when a landslide came barrelling towards them early Tuesday morning.

Thankfully the couple made it out safely but their vehicles were destroyed and the wall of the house is severely damaged.

"We heard a bunch of banging. We thought somebody drove over the retaining wall and drove into the house," said Larry. "I jumped out of bed really fast, my wife started screaming, the dogs were barking, we had no lights."

"It came down with a lot of force. It is devastating."

The incident occurred at about 1 a.m. on April 10 along Eastside Road.

Unfortunately, the couple tells Castanet their insurance company has told them it won't cover landslides.  

"I just don't get it, we pay our premiums for insurance every year. We don't question the premium."

Larry’s work trailer also suffered severe damage and one vehicle was pushed through the wall of their home.

"They are so grateful for the overwhelming support their friends and community have given them both last year and over this last week," said Cori Buell, created the GoFundMe page.

"This is just one way to help them rebuild their home, property and get life back on track.  As they figure out what needs to be done, manpower will also be appreciated."

The cause of the landslide most likely was the result of saturated ground conditions on a steep embankment.

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