Flood Waters Recede, Leave Residents Uneasy

Ben Rainwater

DECATURVILLE, Tenn. - Flood waters have come and gone in Decaturville already this summer, but problems remain for those returning home in flood zones.

"We have to do a lot of cleanup," said Angie Crowell, who has a RV in Willow Oaks Park. "Brush from other people's yards. We had bails of hay wash up (and) all kinds of lumber and trees."

Watered covered the area for two weeks in the most recent round of flooding. Some residents said lately, the problem has been getting worse

"When we first moved down here, it didn't happen very often," said Crowell. "But it seems like every year it's getting worse and worse."

Since many of these homes are in a flood zone, homeowners said they expect the rising waters. The Tennessee Valley Authority lets people know when it is coming. And when it does, residents have to evacuate.

"We have all this stuff we have to take care of when the waters come because it's going to destroy it," said Morris Shanks, who has a RV in Willow Oaks Park.

And when the flood waters come, it becomes a waiting game for residents.

"It just runs through money because you can't do anything about it," said Shanks. "Mother nature has her ways and she has her own ideas about where the water should be."

Despite the difficulties that come with living in a flood zone, most residents said it is worth it to be so close to the water.

"If you don't live on the water and you want to be near the water, that's one of those things you have to live with," said Frank Rogel, who lives on the water in Decaturville.


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