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Homes still flooded from February’s record rainfall

  • Weeks after February’s record rainfall, water still stands in homes near Hidden Valley and Laurel Roads. - Ken Leinart

The National Weather Service is forecasting rain Thursday and, using a saying coined during the Civil War, “It’s no Presbyterian rain either, but a good Baptist downpour.”

Forecasts are modeling a slow-moving system coming into the Tennessee Valley bringing “severe weather” with it.

“The large and slow-moving nature of the storm this week is a problem for flooding concerns,” AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok said.

Much of Tennessee could be looking at 1 – 3 inches of rain Thursday and into Friday.

For homeowners on Laurel Road in Clinton, still coping with the late February flooding, another heavy rain is not the answer they were looking for.

“We’re just now getting water pumped out from the February rains,” Connie Reeves said Tuesday.

She and her husband, Carl, can’t get in their home to even assess the damage left behind.

Connie Reeves said the county brought pumps to their section of Laurel Road Monday, but that water is still standing in their home.

“It (water level) has gone down some,” she said, “But there is still water in the house.”

Another resident in the area, Brandi Anderson, a single mother, has set up a GoFundMe page to offset what she believes will be significant damage to her home.

Reeves said Anderson is her neighbor, so she knows what she’s facing.

Neither Reeves or Anderson have flood insurance and there was not enough overall damage in Anderson County to qualify for FEMA relief.

Anderson said, on her GoFundMe page that she has been relying on “local charities and donations” and she and her daughter have been “staying with family.”

Anderson’s GoFundMe page may be viewed at GoFundMe: Flood Relief

The Reeves have not set up a page. “I’m not sure I’d even know how,” Connie Reeves said.