West Knoxville neighborhood surrounded by floodwater

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The rain has stopped, but the impact it’s made certainly hasn’t. 

Water filled up the basement of Jeff Macklin’s home off Ebenezer Road in West Knoxville.

“There’s feet of water, so it’s absololutely destroyed,” Macklin said.

It’s now soaking in nearly seven feet of water that came rushing in Saturday. 

“By the time I got home, the water was coming in the basement, like a waterfall,” he said. 

Water is also covering much of his backyard. And the roads in front of the home, look more like a pond.

The sight drew in crowds of people, in awe.

“The first thing is just the fact that the whole road just disappears, that you can’t even tell that there is a road… It looks like you’re just at a lake,” said Rick Griz.

Some snapped pictures of the aftermath, and others made the most of it. We saw some people kayaking. 

“Why not just to go exploring. This is a once in a lifetime chance, a flood is a terrible thing, but you can always find something good out of everything,” said Matt Rightsell, who was kayaking.

“It could be so much worse. We are alive and healthy,” Macklin and Amy Sullivan said.

Those impacted, thankful they weren’t hit even harder, and just waiting now for the water to receed. 

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