HOUSTON: 240 billion gallons of rain fell on Houston from April 17th through the 19th, marking one of the costliest floods in Houston history. Houstonian Jamie Griffin’s home took on 3 feet of water, she lost her car and most of her possessions, a common pain felt throughout a large portion of Houston’s residents. But right as the suffering began for Griffin, she found something that has changed her life for the good.
On the morning of April 20th, Griffin returned to her home she was rescued from only a few days earlier to find all the water had receded, and left a gift in her back yard she never could have imagined. Nearly $2,000,000 worth of jewelry from the civil war, scattered among debris on her back porch.
The gold, diamonds, emeralds and pearls were appraised at a whopping $950,000, not even including their historical value, which all together totaled ~$2 million.
In an interview with KHOU11, Griffin explained that she was battling severe debt and hospital bills, and was unsure what to do about her situation, especially after everything the flood took from her.
“I was in shock, I felt barely anything. When I saw the jewelry, I thought “this has to be fake”. I had little hope it was worth anything until I took it to a pawn shop. They immediately told me to take it to a university, I’m really thankful for that, they could have taken advantage of me. I am still just so shocked, it all feels like a crazy dream.”
When Griffin was asked what she was going to spend the money on, she replied;
“I’m buying a Ferrari today, and I’m going to party so hard for the rest of my life.”