Flooding victims still recovering as state seeks federal disaster aid

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Exactly a month ago, heavy rain hit East Tennessee hard.
That massive downpour left roads and homes underwater.

The entrance to this West Knoxville neighborhood is looking much different than it did one month ago. At one point this road was covered in feet of water, making a big impact on some of the families who live nearby 

“One month ago we basically lived on a peninsula surrounded by water on three sides,” said Amy Sullivan.

People were even out kayaking in her front yard. And her basement soaking in nearly seven feet of water. 

“We just this week finally got rid of the commercial-sized dehumidifiers. We probably had 5 of them in the basement at one time, trying to dry everything out,” Sullivan said.

Hundreds of homes and business in Knox and surrounding counties were damaged.

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Gov. Bill Lee last week sent a formal request to President Trump for a major disaster declaration for Knox and over 50 other counties. If approved, federal money will be available to portions of the state hard hit by the flooding.

“For those that didn’t anticipate this happening and didn’t have the funds, I mean you’re kind of stuck. So hopefully it’ll go through” Sullivan said.

This as Sullivan continues to work to replace things lost and get back to a sense of normalcy.. 

This issue isn’t just on the governor’s mind. Tennessee’s members of Congress are urging the president to approve that federal assistance.

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