A local Construction Company has stepped up to help a local mother in great need.

Foothills Construction is renovating local woman Dixie Dash's entire home after it was destroyed, allegedly by her estranged husband.

Homeowner Dixie Dash says she had sold her house, and the new owners were ready to take possession May 15, when she came home to a shocking discovery.

"On April 24 I went home for a sandwich to the smoke alarm going off, and it pouring buckets of water inside of the house," she explains. "There was no ceiling over the kitchen table, no ceiling in the kitchen, and none in the living room. Upon investigation we figured out that the overflow had been duct taped on the upstairs ensuite bathtub, and both taps had been turned on full. The water went down and took out the basement which they had to take down to stud, there was a lot of damage."

Dash explains due to the nature of the damages, and her estranged husband's suspected involvement insurance would not cover the full cost of repairs.

"Unfortunately my estranged husband had access to the home that morning, he had brought my kids some gifts. The RCMP have not charged him, or spoken to him because he has been missing since that day. But since he is still on title they assumed he maliciously did it to the property. They will cover my portion but they will not cover his so virtually it becomes my portion, and my children's portion, which is where I have an issue."

A contractor from Foothills Construction was working on Dash's neighbours roof when she discovered the damage, he called the owner of the company Darla Larocke who decided to take the project of repairing the house.

She says stepping up for a Okotokian in need was the right thing to do.

"It means a lot, my family has gone through a couple of floods. My mother always taught me to help everybody, do what's best, be a good person, and work hard," she says. "I feel for Dixie, she's a wonderful person and for someone to do that to her is wrong. So I'm reaching out to every person I know just to pull this together and make it happen, and we're almost there."

Foothills Construction undertook the project two weeks ago, they have torn out wall and insulation from 3 floors, done almost 1400 square ft. of demolition, rebuilt it, painted it, and cleaned it.

The house is now ready for the new owners to take possession Monday, May 15 at 12:00 p.m.

Dash shares she was extremely overwhelmed by the generosity of Foothills Construction, and many other organizations and individuals in the community.

"I've lived in Okotoks for 4 years, and I was basically a stay at home mother so I really didn't know anybody. When this happened it was overwhelming to me, the kindness, because I thought I was here all alone. My clothes were damaged, my furniture was all cut, everything that could be hit was, and people were showing up with bags of clothes, and saying don't worry we've got your back, our neighbours gave us a place to live. Out of tragedy comes really, really beautiful things."

Dash's friend has set up a GoFundMe page to help with the extra costs of repairing the damage, and other expenses involved, she says she's grateful for every cent donated.

"I just want to thank all of the people that have stepped up, and been kind, and had nice things to say, some of you I know, some of you I don't but all I do know is that you've touched my heart, so thank you."

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