Claiborne County flood victims remember devastation a year later
"There were two good people Mitchell Edwards, and his partner Mike Arnold and Joe Sams," Joe England said. "They said, we done it to help you. We didn't do it for the money. I hope the Lord will bless them."
In the past year, the Shackleford family has raised their home several feet off the ground to prevent it from flooding again.
HARROGATE (WATE) - It's been a year since flood waters devastated parts of Claiborne County. Heavy rains caused wide spread damage to several communities.
One image that was hard to forget was Joe England, 79, being taken by boat from his home. The flood waters caused the bridge on Gap Creek Road, which went to his property, to wash out.
"It's bad thoughts, bad thoughts," England said as he remembered that day.
It was a month until several volunteers came out to repair the bridge.
"There were two good people Mitchell Edwards, and his partner Mike Arnold and Joe Sams," England said. "They said, we done it to help you. We didn't do it for the money. I hope the Lord will bless them."
Debbie Shackleford had 51 inches of water in her Harrogate home a year ago.
In the past year, the family has raised their home several feet off the ground to prevent it from flooding again.
"The first thoughts are, wow what a ride," Shackleford said. "It's been a long, stressful year. We've accomplished a lot. We still have a lot to do."
Claiborne County was denied any kind of federal help, so many families had to pay out of pocket to repair flood damage.
Shackleford says they have already put $53,000 into their home.
Despite all the damage, these flood victims are not too worried about another flood coming any time soon.
"It's not a worry, no," said Shackleford. "I feel like we are high enough."
"I'm not really worried about it," England said. "There is nothing you can do about a flood. When it comes, it comes."
The town of Cumberland Gap was also devastated by flood waters. Several businesses there were forced to shut down.