Flooding forces Phenix City family out of home - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Flooding forces Phenix City family out of home

Posted: Updated:
PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

Several inches of rain wreaked havoc in some areas causing flash flooding and landslides.

Places in Columbus that are normally prone to flooding saw water levels rise to destructive levels at the height of the pouring down rain.  

Steven Fullerton said Whitewater rafters could have easily taken a break from the Chattahooche and gone for a ride through his backyard to Billings Road this morning.

"There's over 12 million gallons of water every minute that flow through here, and if you step in the water, it will suck you in like the tide and just pull you into it," said Fullerton, "all of this is under water, and it happens every time it rains.   So you can figure the water has risen five to six feet right here in this area because so much water is coming into it.   And then it floods out the road we're standing on, and neighbors can't get to their houses."

In Phenix City, authorities distributed sandbags to residents on Lee Road 2099. Stacey Chambers discovered for the first time what her neighbors have been warning her about.

"I've heard about it.   We've only been here since about the middle of December, we've been told about it, but we saw it today.   I'm just speechless about it. It was crazy," said Chambers. 

A short distance away, Lee Road 500 was closed where it meets Mimosa. The water has receded from its highest levels, but Stacy Sims said the edge of the reservoir is normally seven feet further away.

"The water was so far over, you couldn't even see the grass under the guard rail," said Sims.

The family who lives in the house at the lowest point on the street has to temporarily stay somewhere else until the damage is repaired.   A neighbor said the backyard has been eroding steadily but now it's reached a dangerous level.

"Today, this has gotten worse.   I mean, the fence wasn't even down, I'd say a couple weeks ago, and it's gotten real bad," said Jeffery Black.

The family dog is safe after being rescued from inside the flooded house.  Authorities told the family they have to stay away for their own safety.

copyright 2014 WTVM. All rights reserved.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Texas man's life celebrated in Lufkin Mural

    Texas man's life celebrated in Lufkin Mural

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:20 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:20:32 GMT
    Source: KTRE StaffSource: KTRE Staff
    Durell Gray is one of a few people whose picture graces a wall in downtown Lufkin. His picture sits at the corner of Frank and First Street.So how did the now 86-year-old man get his picture painted on a wall scene by hundreds every day? It all started while Gray worked as a lineman for the Lufkin Conroe Telephone Company. He said one day he received a letter in the mail from his employer asking for his help."They contacted us asking us if any lineman had picture with their gear on," Gray sai...More >>
    Durell Gray is one of a few people whose picture graces a wall in downtown Lufkin. His picture sits at the corner of Frank and First Street.So how did the now 86-year-old man get his picture painted on a wall scene by hundreds every day? It all started while Gray worked as a lineman for the Lufkin Conroe Telephone Company. He said one day he received a letter in the mail from his employer asking for his help."They contacted us asking us if any lineman had picture with their gear on," Gray sai...More >>
  • Puppies found in hot car, up for adoption

    Puppies found in hot car, up for adoption

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:36 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:36:40 GMT
    The six pit bull puppies found in a hot car on Monday will soon be put up for adoption.More >>
    The six pit bull puppies found in a hot car on Monday will soon be put up for adoption.More >>
  • Hudson couple builds family home out of Styrofoam

    Hudson couple builds family home out of Styrofoam

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:10:51 GMT
    The start of the Cockrell's family home The start of the Cockrell's family home
    A Hudson couple is taking a unique spin on home building by using an environmentally friendly method to build their family home.More >>
    A Hudson couple is taking a unique spin on home building by using an environmentally friendly method to build their family home.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
KTRE logo

KTRE

358 TV Road,
Pollok TX 75969

FCC Public File
publicfile@ktre.com
936-853-8639
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTRE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.