Local Jeep enthusiasts came to the aid of a Panama City family.

By Meghan Overdeep
November 03, 2018
Jeeps Flip House After Hurricane Michael
Credit: Youtube Dirty Vison Productions

As if it wasn't bad enough that Dereck and Andrea Clifton's house was flipped onto its roof by Hurricane Michael's historic winds. When the Panama City couple looked into having their home righted and relocated, the estimate they received nearly knocked them over too.

"I had been searching for companies to flip it back over," Dereck said. The couple was hoping to gain access to the home in order to retrieve irreplaceable items like pictures and family heirlooms. Flipping it would also make it possible to move it from the property, so that it could be rebuilt. He said the whole shebang would run them a staggering $12,000.

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When a friend of Dereck's heard the price, he reached out to his fellow members of the Bay Area Jeep Association. The off-road club of Jeep enthusiasts has been helping with recovery efforts since the storm.

The response was swift. About a dozen of the Jeep club's members—some who'd lost their own homes—arrived with their Jeep CJs and Wranglers and used their bumper-mounted winches to pull the house onto its feet.

Dereck shared a video (below) of the squad of colorful trucks pulling, and pulling, and pulling on Youtube. It's incredible to watch the 40,000-pound mobile home fall back onto its foundation.

"When they came together they said they didn't want a dime from me, they were doing it out of the kindness of their heart," Dereck told Fox News. "They knew the risk they were taking, but they done it. And they succeeded with it."

In the end, he told Fox that he was able to retrieve personal items from the home and only had to pay $2,500 to have it scrapped. Though he's uncertain whether or not he'll rebuild, he knows one thing for sure, that he's forever grateful to the club.

"Me losing everything I've got, I can't afford a Jeep. But I do want one," he admitted to Fox. "That right there is brotherhood together. That's a big family."