ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Marshal Lindley and his family of 5 have lived in the 1500 block of FM 706 more than three years. On Monday, their lives changed when the flash flooding caused water to cover the entire yard and flood their home.
"Pretty much everything below a foot was destroyed,” Lindley said as he walked through his home while a crew from ServPro Cleaning & Recovery worked to remove wood paneling, floor boards and other items from inside the home. “Our laminate floor. It had to come up," he said pointing at the concrete foundation, which also had messages written on it from previous home owners.
“Oh look at what this one says,” said his wife Missy as she grabbed her phone to take photos of the writing. “This one is from 1977,” she said about the message from a Cody written in 1977 that said, “If U R reading this u must have had to pull up the floor. I‘m sorry. Jesus Loves You.”
Their mission on Wednesday was to separate what could be salvaged from what had to trashed due to water damage.
“[We're] trying to get stuff out that we can use and stay somewhere,” Marshall said about his three children, Dustin, 8, Breanna, 4, and baby boy Blake, a one year old. “And get them to school so they can try to function and daycare.”
He said Monday's storm flooded every room in his home and “it came through and knocked down the fence on both sides."
Marshall said despite all the damage, his family took precaution when they purchased the home. Knowing the back of the lot touched the flood plain, they purchased flood insurance.
“$250 bucks is a small price to pay,” he said with relief. “We weren't required to get it, I knew we wouldn't have the money to replace everything at one time that you'd have to replace."
The Lindleys' insurance company put him in touch with ServPro, Cleaning & Restoration. The Nacogdoches-based office serves 13 counties in East Texas. Owner Brad Hammack said by phone that his crews have been busy. “We been handling damage calls from Van to Huntsville,” he said. “In late April, we received 40 service calls from the storm that hit Lufkin.”
Hammack's Lufkin-based Production Manager Weston Jackson said for this week's storm, they received an additional 30 calls for residential and commercial properties.
"This last round we did get quite a few calls on Monday,” Jackson said. “But we were able to handle it with the additional staff we brought in."
The Lindleys' home was just one of two customers ServPro had on its “to do” list. One of the crews headed next door to begin installing blowers for the Lindleys' neighbor whose home also was flooded Monday.