Quebec floods: Pierrefonds family welcomes victims into their home

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WATCH ABOVE: Families are struggling to get back on their feet after the Quebec floods displaced people in over 170 municipalities. Global's Gloria Henriquez meets one family that has found a renewed sense of hope in humanity – May 9, 2017

For Margaret Romanski’s family, getting back to normal won’t be easy.

Romanski’s basement is completely flooded.

Inside their Pierrefonds home, there’s no power — it’s cold and wet.

In the middle of their loss though, they’ve gained a renewed sense of hope in humanity.

READ MORE: 30 homes evacuated after flooding in Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Île Bizard

Many have come to lend a helping hand to the family, but out of all the volunteers, one really stands out.

After seeing the conditions in which Romanski was living with her family, the Maheu-Alvarado family stepped up to help.

They opened the doors of their home to Romanski and her children, including their pet bird Blue.

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Thanks to the Maheu-Alvarado, they now have a warm and dry place to sleep until they find a new home.

Romanski says it was an unexpected gesture.

“I was shocked — a stranger coming from the street and offer you… I didn’t even know what to tell her, but I accepted,” Romanski said.

For the Maheu-Alvarado, helping out was the natural thing to do.

“No human being should live like that — period,” Rose Espinales-Alvarado said.

“I was like, ‘I know this might sound weird or crazy, but if you want, we have space in our house. If you want, you can come over.'”

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Efforts to save Romanski’s home still continue.

READ MORE: Quebec floods: Volunteers come to the rescue

She says that knowing there are still good people out in the world, is helping her cope with the uncertainty.

“Having a person like Rose, I wish [there] could be more people like that.”

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