Woman's home damaged by Ike gets makeover

September 14, 2009 7:09:49 AM PDT
A woman whose home was ruined by Hurricane Ike got the surprise of her life when she walked through the front door Sunday. [IKE ANNIVERSARY: Look back at the storm that changed SE Texas]

The last time 80-year-old Leonor Rodriguez saw her house, the walls were crooked and the furniture soaked in six feet of water. Hundreds of volunteers spent months restoring the home, and on Sunday she saw all their hard work.

She was able to walk into her home a year after Ike destroyed it, thanks to the efforts and donations of volunteers from Touch Global, Galveston Bible Church, Rebuilding Together and Moment of Luxury.

"Well, I feel a great love for everybody," she said. "Because I didn't think there were such good people still in the world, but there are. They gave up their leisure time to help not only me, but whole Galveston."

Gallery Furniture donated brand new furniture for the home. Local designer Bill Stubbs, host of PBS television show Moment of Luxury, helped decorate the new and improved home.

Rodriguez says her 100-year-old house feels like new.

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