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When we last spoke with officials at the West Virginia Division of Highways, they had not yet determined how they would handle dealing with Dina and Steve Strader's home on Route 19 in Jane Lew.

The Straders, who have since left their home due to the damage it sustained, have been ordered to remove the porch from their home to help make those repairs.

"If we don't, we can be fined and/or imprisoned if we don't get the porch removed," said Dina Strader.

The Straders are now living in a shed on Steve's parents' property while they look for a new place to live. But those repairs are something they just can't do.

"No, no, my husband just had surgery the other day, I'm not able to do it by myself, we don't have the financial resources, we live on a fixed income every month, and I don't know what to do at this point," Dina Strader said.

It's a situation that would be challenging for any family, but it's even harder for them. The Straders' daughter Becky has cerebral palsy, and needs to have someone to care for her at all times. The family does have access to a kitchen and bathroom to care for their daughter, but not having it in the same place is just that much harder.

"It's really hard not being able to just go right in to the bathroom to give Becky baths, and go straight into the other room to put her to bed and things of the sort. It's a little tougher," said Dina Strader.

She stays home to care for Becky, and Steve is on disability, facing surgery to deal with health issues. Now they're just hoping to make it through and find a new place to live.

"I've cried a few times, I'll be honest, just the not knowing. It's scary. It's scary being homeless," said Dina Strader.

The Straders are hoping to move to a new place at the end of the month, and are hoping to find a resolution about their house as soon as possible.