A Montana couple reunites with an old family photo after the floods sent their furniture floating on the street



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IN floods which overflowed Red Lodge, Montana, leaving streets full of debris and many homes damaged.

Community members are now doing what they can to help each other recover and recover.

While Courtney Halvorson’s home remained intact, her grandparents did not. Milt and Katie Bastian live on the corner of Broadway Avenue and Rock Creek, Halvorson told CNN on Friday.

“The house lasted quite well, until at one point the front wall came off,” Halvorson told CNN. Her grandparents were not at home as they evacuated another family member’s home.

The interior of Milt and Katie Bastian's home after the flood.

“Neighbors told us they saw their furniture (grandparents’) fly out of the front room and down the street,” Halvorson said.

One of these pieces of furniture was a chest of drawers full of old family photos.

When the cleaning startedmembers of the community came across household items scattered around the city.

A local park has become a makeshift “lost and found” as neighbors find these items. Many took part in the community Facebook page to publish your findings.

It was on Facebook that Halvorson noticed a post that included a photo of her grandparents’ dresser and photos – most of which were still in good condition.

Milt and Katie Bastian's home was badly damaged after flooding tore down walls.

After commenting on the post, she was able to locate the dresser and photos and reunite them with her grandparents.

“The most heartfelt photo that was found was the wedding photo of my grandmother’s parents,” she said.

Every day, more and more items continue to appear in the park, Halvorsen said, some of which belong to her grandparents.

“My grandparents left their house with nothing and were completely convinced that they would lose everything,” she said. “Finding these photos, which are irreplaceable, definitely led to happy tears and smiles on their faces.”

It will be some time before the Bastians can return to their lives in their home, as the first floor is completely destroyed.

“The remains, trees and rocks are basically all the way to the roof on the first floor,” Halvorsen said.

For now, the community continues to help each other recover and reunite with their belongings.

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