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Couples describe the Bellevue house collapsing early Monday morning

John and Barb Surdi have lived in their Bellevue home for more than 30 years. On Monday, a landslide caused it to crumble beneath them.

BELLEVUE, Wash. - John and Barb Surdi have lived in their home for more than 30 years. Now they are trying to figure out how to move on, after a landslide and water pipe rupture caused their house to collapse.

"You've ever had a dream and you think, 'when I wake up, will it all go away?' I still feel like I have not woken up, ”said John.

John was awakened to what he described as a river flowing down his driveway.

He got up and got into his truck to try to find the source of the water.

He was a few blocks away when he got a call from his neighbor that caused his world to crash.

"One of our neighbors called me and said, 'John are you okay?' And I think, 'Yeah, what's going on?' He said, 'Your house just collapsed.' And I was just thinking, 'Is this April Fool's Day? How can this happen?' "He explained.

The collapse of the house, located on the 5000-block at 139th Place SE, which is southwest of Eastgate Park, was first reported around 5:20 a.m. Monday morning.

John's wife Barb was sleeping in their bed on the top floor of the home when she heard a boom.

"I flew out of bed, and the dresser, the bed, everything, I think, the house collapsed," Barb said.

She was thrown against the wall by the force of their home, which crumbled beneath her.

John, meanwhile, knew his wife and their golden retriever, Marty, were trapped inside.

“It was like walking up a mountain with a river running down the side, there were boulders everywhere and rocks and trees. I got up to our dead end and shouted, 'Barb, Barb.' And she was inside and she was screaming, "John said.

He climbed through a hole in the side of his house and found his wife and dog stuck on the top floor with nowhere to go.

"We're on the top floor and we can not get down because there was no stairs," Barb said.

With the help of Bellevue police, they got Barb and Marty down and out of the house to safety.

"We'm lucky to be alive, that's for sure," Barb said.

Even though it's physically okay, the Surdis are now navigating how to move on after losing everything.

"It's not the house, it's all there's in it. It's the memories. Everything's in it and they will not let us in again. I have to get into our house again," John explained.

John is also concerned about his business.

He owns a carpet cleaning company and his trucks and supplies were in the home when it collapsed.

"My two trucks, if you look at the video, they look like they're gathered in the driveway. One stuck between the house and the other truck in the house. I'm basically out of service right now," he told KING 5.

They live with their son while they figure out what to do next.

A crowdfunding site has been set up to help the Surdis move forward.

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