Flash Flood Leaves Lowell Residents in the Mud


Residents say it was the worst flash flood since 1998, leaving mud and debris everywhere.

"The water just came all of a sudden, it was a hard rain. We had four inches on the rain gauge, but it just came all of a sudden and when it comes, it jumps that bridge up there and it jumps that bridge and when it does that, it just merges and it comes down through here and probably I don't know, 25 to 30 miles an hour," said Lowell resident, Robert Perry.

All up and down Cats Creek Road in Lowell, residents are still cleaning up and trying to save what they can.

"Try and salvage it and even at that I don't know if it is going to be salvageable after I spent all the work on it. The electric motors and stuff you never know if they are going to be any good or not," said Lowell resident, Larry Way.

Larry Way is a retired carpenter and his shed flooded, ruining thousands of dollars in uninsured tools.

"Couple grand, and time and equipment and stuff, that I'm going to have to buy," said Way.

Resident Robert Perry's house was hit very hard in this flood, as well as his grandmothers across the street.

"Ruined a lot of stuff yeah, anything that was on the floor. You know it can't be cleaned up, it's ruined," said Perry.

Perry says he had to run out in the middle of the storm because the water pressure was pushing up his garage door and he got hit by a tree in the water as he was trying to cross the road, fortunately he was okay.

"There's nothing, we don't know what to do about it, there is nothing you really can do. When that much water comes, I mean what are you going to do, you can't stop anything like that really," said Perry.

The American Red Cross has declared the area a disaster zone and they showed up yesterday with mops and cleaning supplies for residents.

The Washington County Highway Department was on scene cleaning all up and down the road and had been there since yesterday picking up the damage.

Residents say the flood water was around three feet high. Depending on where they lived along the road, some residents say the water was there for 20 minutes, others say it stayed for 2-3 hours.


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