West Knoxville homeowners still dealing with flooding aftermath

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Some East Tennessee homeowners are still dealing with the aftermath of last month’s record rains.

Floodwaters lingering for more than two weeks now around some of the homes in one area of West Knoxville right off of Dutchtown Road.

Furniture, belongings, and even walls were ruined by water that was soaking inside.

“It’s just a total waste, total devastation,” said Tom Young.

It’s a similar story for the Young’s neighbor, Pam Lokken.

“My cabinetry, my bathrooms, my kitchen, all of my appliances are all a total loss,” Lokken said.

More than two weeks after record heavy rain poured over much of East Tennessee, the water’s still sticking around in these neighbor’s back and front yards. 

“We are in a bad area, low-lying area with nowhere to pump the water to. So we’re just left at a standstill, until the water goes down. And we are in 15 days of water,” Lokken said.

Stuck in a waiting game they say, hoping for monetary assistance and trying to make their homes re-livable.

In the meantime, they’re calling for a permanent solution.

“I can’t live here anymore unless some remediation is done to help the situation and not cause this to happen again,” Young said.

And the road ahead is not looking like an easy one for this pair of neighbors, but they’re still finding the silver lining.

“My main message is for everybody to have hope. There’s always hope,” Lokken said. 

Both the Youngs and Pam Lokken aren’t living in their homes right now. They were able to find some temporary housing or stay with friends, while they continue the recovery process.
 

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