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Father and son settling down in Colorado Springs after Irma

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Bill and Sebastian Mackleer are now living in Colorado after seeking refuge from Hurricane Irma Bill and Sebastian Mackleer are now living in Colorado after seeking refuge from Hurricane Irma
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About a year and a half ago Bill Mackleer decided to take his 16 year-old son Sebastian on an adventure of a lifetime. 

Mackleer sold his property in Westcliffe, Colorado and then he and Sebastian lived on a boat in the Florida Keys. 

Then, mother nature took its course bringing Hurricane Irma directly over the place they called home. 

'It's a bit much when you lose your $130,000 investment," said Mackleer, 'it's a bit much, you keep it all in.'

When word got out about Irma's path, Mackleer's friend Joetta Stromatt in Colorado Springs reached out to them. 

Stromatt says she offered up a place for them to stay in Kentucky, but for the duration of the storm they wanted to be a little closer. 

After the storm passed- they returned to only find their boat in pieces. 

Stromatt extended her offer to let Mackleer and his son Sebastian move to Colorado Springs. 

'It was a production to move,' said Mackleer. 

After days of traveling, the pair are slowly getting settled with Stromatt. 

The family traveled all across the United States and with a roll of tape the back of their trailer read "IRMA SUNK OUR HOME." 

Mackleer says putting the message up was cathartic, but it made for some stories along the journey- strangers and good Samaritans helping them out. 

'Driving from there to here was déjà vu it was like we've been here before,' said Mackleer. 

Mackleer's son Sebastian just enrolled at Coronado High School for his junior year. 

Sebastian says it's been difficult but he remains hopeful, his dad has been a big help with everything 'I've been nervous and unsure of what's to come," said Sebastian Mackleer. 

As for moving forward, Bill Mackleer says it's tough losing so much he said with a laugh "monetarily.....I'd like to win the lottery, I'd love to have that part of the financial equation replaced."

The Mackleer's are staying positive even after losing just about everything. 

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