Consumer Watch: Local family fighting to overcome adversity time and time again

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by Kyle Brown

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 3, 2010 at 7:15 PM

(WHAS11)-This week’s Consumer Watch introduces a Bullitt County family who was separated by the cruel hand of fate on more than one occasion.

After a tornado, a black mole problem, and a train in their front yard, the Rash family is back together.

The CSX train crash in Bullitt County in January 2007 and the Brooks Hill tornado in 1996 ring bells for many people, but for the Rash family, it’s a part of who they are.

“We were actually in the middle of the trailer with a sheet over our head and Mom was lying on top of us,” recalls Tashia Rash.
The tornado lifted the roof off of their home. It was later repaired by a now out-of-business roofer.

But it wasn’t repaired properly, and for years moisture gathered in the insulation overhead and caused a horrible black mold problem.

Fixing the problem cost more than the home was worth, so the Rash’s made a video and sent it off the Extreme Makeover Home Edition in hopes of getting some help.

“It’s not fair to the girls because my oldest daughter has asthma and she can’t even come home…We don’t get to see her too often,” said Yvonne Rash in the video sent to Extreme Makeover.

Eventually the whole family faced asthma, allergies, and other respiratory problems. An allergist linked those problems to the mold.

“It’s just not fair. I mean my Dad’s having heart problems right now and it’s because all of this crap. Nobody seems to want to lift a finger and help out and I don’t want to lose my dad,” says Tashia.

After 10 years of dealing with the problem, the Rash family had enough so they filed for bankruptcy and they gave up the house to L&N Bank.

They moved into a house in Bullitt County where, two months later, the CSX train derailed practically in their front yard and forced them out of that home as well.

“We were actually the first ones into the hotel at Hurstbourne Inn and we were there for 5 months and we were the last ones out of the hotel.” 

But their strange saga isn’t over yet.

Two years after filing for bankruptcy, L&N filed a motion vacating the judgment of foreclosure on the original home.

Butch Rash is asking the judge to reconsider.

“It’s still in my name…but they’re still carrying the lien on it,” Butch says.

“Now, two years later, we’re getting letters in the mail stating that they want to give my parents back the property when they forced them to get rid of it in the first place,” Tashia says.

A representative for L&N told WHAS11’s Andy Treinen the home was never officially foreclosed.

They’re following new guidelines presented when the government bailed out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2009.

Meanwhile, the Rash family is fighting financial ruin in a new rental home.

“Under the situation to have my family back out from the train derailment and the black mold…yeah, I’m blessed. I’m blessed”

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