It's been a rough couple of weeks for Ed and Fay Hnetka and the immediate future looks to be something of a challenge as well.
The couple's home beside Kneehills Creek in Dunphy, west of Drumheller, was flooded on April 23 when snow melt created a flash flood that made the creek overflow its banks and fill their basement.
"There's mud and slush and bentonite down there, the walls caved in, it is just unreal," reported Ed. "The inspector was out and he said it's too costly to rebuild the old place."
To top that off, the insurance company won't cover the damage because the flood was an 'act of God.' The retired couple have rented a mobile home in Newcastle, where they will stay while they decide what to do with the Dunphy property they called home for 29 years.
"We're going to have to get our act together and decide what we're going to keep and what we're going to put in our auction sale and what we're going to give to the (Rotary) White Elephant (sale), so we've got to bite the bullet and do one at a time," stated Fay.
The Hnetka's great-niece, Ashley France, started a GoFundMe page for the couple and more than $1,000 had been donated at last check.
"That is just unbelievable the support that we're getting; we can't thank people enough for being there for us," said Fay. "We're kind of out of words, we don't know what to say anymore, just thank-you."