Family spends stay-at-home order in a camper, house still damaged from Hurricane Michael

The family of five lives together in a camper alongside their house. (WJHG/WECP)
The family of five lives together in a camper alongside their house. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Apr. 10, 2020 at 9:31 PM CDT
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During the stay-at-home order, some locals don't exactly have a home to stay in.

Hurricane Michael tore apart Kelsie Raffield's garage and roof.

"Inside the house there is no insulation, drywall, ceiling, insulation, nothing. I mean there’s nothing inside the house right now either," Raffield said.

To this day, more than a year after the storm, the family of five lives together in a camper alongside their house.

This was only supposed to be for the time being while a contractor worked on their house, or so they thought.

"Our contractor wasn’t who he said he was and he had been using someone else’s license number," Raffield said.

On March 13, Raffield found out her so-called contractor made off with more than $100,000 of their insurance money. This happened just before the pandemic hit Florida.

That's when things took a turn for the worse.

”I left my job out on the beach on March 12 and I started March 13 at the other place," Raffield said.

Last month she opened a new barber shop in Lynn Haven. It was open for less than two weeks.

​”We worked that next week getting everything set up and we actually opened the doors on the 23rd and had to shut our doors on April 2," Raffield said.

She is now home full-time with three kids to look after since schools are closed. However, the problems don't stop there.

“Where we live we cannot get internet either," Raffield said.

She also said the air conditioning in the camper doesn't always keep up. During the pandemic, the family can't take a day trip for a change of scenery. And, since vacation rentals are banned, they are unable to rent a vacation home to temporarily stay in.

“It’s definitely been rough that’s for sure. We’re waiting to see what happens as far as unemployment or the stimulus checks or anything like that," Raffield said.

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