Landslide victims lost ‘virtually everything’

The Meadowood home of the recently-retired couple was destroyed last week; a bank account has been set up to help them

  • Dec. 18, 2014 2:00 p.m.

A recently retired couple, Judith Munkholm and Noel Stephen, of Little Qualicum River Village were hit hard last week when their home was taken out by a mudslide during a series of ferocious weather storms.

According to a news release issued Wednesday by Elaine Peligren, the couple suffered only minor physical injuries and were released from hospital the same day, however, they “have lost virtually everything they own, except for their vehicles and a few belongings.”

The release says the couple have no identification, no personal belongings and are left wondering how they will come out financially. But the community is banding together to help their neighbours.

An account calling for donations has been set up at the Royal Bank: “In Trust — Personal Tragedy Account for Noel Stephen and Judith Munkholm — Qualicum Beach, B.C.” If you feel compelled to help in any way with products or services in-kind contact Elaine Peligren at 888-488-7099 or elainedlcv@shaw.ca or Annie Donald at 250-752-6728. Additionally, a donation website has been set up at www.gofundme.com, search LQRB mudslide or contact Candice Pady at 250-228-2707 or candice_pady@hotmail.com.

— Submitted By Elaine Peligren