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Crockett Co. Residents Hit With Flood Damage

By Cyndi Lundeberg
By clundeberg@wbbjtv.com

CROCKETT COUNTY, Tenn. - As the clouds roll in, so does the Sims' fear their home will be flooded again.

"We have had to remodel our home four or five times in the last 12 years. Conservatively, $15,000 to $20,000 we've had to spend," Rick Sims said.

The Sims' said the flooding of their home is not only financially burdensome but has put them in the front row for many life threatening situations.

"I had to go out there and literally pull this family out of their window into my car one at a time and bring them up here to the house," Rick said.

His daughter, Hannah said she is constantly worried something bad is going to happen due to the flooding.

"It's scary. I'm not only worried for us, I'm worried for people who come through here," she said.

Many areas of Crockett County flooded including some state highways. The Tennessee Department of Transportation said in some areas the water was two feet.

The Sims' said the flooding is caused by nearby farmers who pump the water out of their fields to protect their crops.

The situation has become so dire for the Sims they have pursued legal action.

"Apparently there are people in this country and this county that are better than other people, because they get to have levies and they get to have pump system and they get to dump their water off on other people," said Rick.

The Sims said they are trapped in their own home, praying nothing will happen to them, their home, or those who try to venture through the rushing water.

"I think the solution is simple. The state come in and protect the state highway," said Rick.

Multiple calls to different farming groups in the Crockett county area were unanswered. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is currently monitoring all flooded roads for drivers safety.