Norris man uses creative approach to tackle flooded yard

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While first responders gear up to tackle possible flooding, one Norris man says he has already conquered the water. His front yard has turned into a pond, leaving him reliant on a pretty creative way to navigate the road.

WATE 6 On Your Side reporter Elizabeth Kuebel paid him a visit, finding out what he does when the water gets too deep.

“A lot of water. This right here is probably about 12 feet deep,” said Spencer Herren. 

It’s hard to imagine, what his yard looks like on a dry day.

“There’s no water whatsoever. I mow down there,” Herren said.

The constant rain we’ve been seeing has been collecting in front of his Norris home for days now, even spilling into the driveway.

“If it’s too deep, I find another way to get out,” he said. “Might have to be a canoe.”

But don’t worry, he’s already got that covered, prepping his boat in case it’s needed this weekend. 

“It’s a very good possibility, because the amount of rain that’s coming in, the ground being soaked, that drain, the natural drain just cannot keep up with it,” said Herren. 

In fact, he remembers a time when it was his only way out; his grandpa using it, to help get him to school.

“He parked his truck back there on the road, and that wasn’t an excuse for me to skip school, he still took me to school on a boat,” he said.

But what many of us would view as a nuisance or maybe even a safety hazard, he views as something unique and an opportunity to have some fun.

“A lot of people don’t get to see it. So it’s kind of like a special moment,” he said.

Herren is also passing along a message to be careful on covered or flooded roadways. He says his driveway is proof that looks can be deceiving and water on the roads can be a lot deeper than it looks.

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