Quake Damage Forces Reno Family Out Of Home

By: Daniel Chanin Email
By: Daniel Chanin Email

Many residents in the Truckee Meadows are still cleaning up after Friday night's series of strong earthquakes.

Some houses sustained cracked walls; roofs; and windows, but other residents had it even worse; including one family, which was forced to move because of the quakes.

Kristi Morris is still picking up the pieces after Friday night's 4.7 earthquake. The 32-year-old was met with thousands of dollars worth of damage when she returned to her Northwest Reno home on highland Flume Circle, Saturday morning.

Morris, whose two kids were staying with their dad in Sparks, immediately called her mom in Spanish Springs.

"When she first called me, I went 'Oh, Kristy, it's not that bad,'" says Debbie Herbert, Kristi's mother. "And then we got over here and I was just amazed. It's pretty scary. It makes you wonder what's going to happen next."

The Quake shattered a glass door in the downstair's shower and cracked several walls. Upstairs, a book case, once filled with pictures; a stereo; and dvd player, is now pinned against the floor.

Cabinets and cupboards are still open and just about all of Morris' dishes are completely destroyed.

"It looks like a disaster area," says Herbert.

Morris has been renting the place for the past eight months and says she doesn't feel safe staying in the damaged home with her two kids. She says she'll likely end up staying with her mother for the time being. But it's anyone's guess, where she and her family will ultimately end up.

"We're just trying to get the stuff we can and clean it up," says Herbert. "They're going to stay with us until we can figure out what do to do and I kind of don't know what to do next."

Morris has paid her lease through the end of May, but does not have any insurance. She's waiting to speak to her landlord about the damages.


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