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Trinity waterfront residents still recovering from spring storms

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
TRINITY, TX (KTRE) -

Though the East Texas downpours have been replaced by high temperatures, hundreds are still dealing with the aftermath of the severe spring weather. Those communities located along the Trinity River were hit especially hard. A family in the Bear Creek community said they are still struggling to fully recover. 

What was once a beautiful and peaceful view of the water is now a desolate neighborhood of memories.

"I love the river. The sunset, the sun rise. It's peaceful and quiet," said Shellie Bigley, a Trinity resident. 

The same is true for several Trinity communities that lie along the Trinity River.  

"When it hit us, we decided we can't stay here anymore," Bigley said. 

Though some questioned the need for disaster declaration extension, the Trinity family said the recovery for many is still in full effect. 

"One day I came home, and it hit all of a sudden. I had to walk in the water knee deep," Bigley said about the spring storm. 

Shellie's son,Chad Conner, translated for her. She told us that being deaf has made the situation a little more trying.  

"It's very frustrating. I was ready to give up. I was giving up hope," said Bigley. 

The closest disaster recovery center to the Trinity area residents is in Walker County. They said, "The recovery center serves survivors from any of the 36 counties designated for Individual Assistance who need one-on-one help." 

"There are plenty more like us. I can't count. Total here from Deep River about 500 people are influenced," Bigley said. 

Shellie's home along with her neighbors is a total loss along with her transportation.

"One of the saddest things is it doesn't cover my car. I'm losing my vehicle here," Bigley said. 

"You just look out here and it's like a wasteland. It's dead. What's next? What to do now?" Bigley asked. 

Trinity River Authority representatives said they're continuing to slowly let water out of the dams in North Texas in a manner that causes the least damage here in East Texas.

Shellie and members of Sportsman Oaks, Deep River, and other waterfront communities must start over, hoping the assistance available is enough. 

"I've seen people with houses broken down. Mold is getting very bad because, of course, it sits there," Bigley said.  

Though the rain looks to be over, the  road to recovery for hundreds has just begun.

"It's going to take a while, I still have some happy memories here," Bigley said. 

Trinity River Authority representatives said they're continuing to slowly let water out of the dams in North Texas in a manner that causes the least damage here in East Texas.

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