For weeks many in our region have been pleading for rain. Tuesday some got more than their fair share.
Early morning flooding produced several flash floods in our area, and there's plenty to clean up.
For Don and Janet Greene, the early morning rainfall left a water-damaged home and a rim of debris for them to clean up.
"We got up [to] a foot at least," Don Greene said of the water that flooded in and near his house.
The Greenes told us the rainwater comes down a ditch, ending at a culvert. That culvert clogs easily and sends water pooling up into their house.
"When it gets up to here it just starts coming under the doors," said Mr. Greene.
Despite their hard work, they don't exactly get a break. "We tried to get flood insurance, and we're not in a flood zone, and homeowners [insurance] won't pay is 'cause it's outside in," said Janet Greene.
That's the same problem Aley Kistner is facing; a flooded basement, no help from insurance, and thousands of dollars lost in damages.
"My husband has his drum set downstairs, and he also plays the guitar so his amp was downstairs. Our computer, computer table and the couch [are all ruined]," said Kistner.
But for some, this flooding is good news. Bob Pakrul, a master water restorer from Spotless Cleaners, told News 5 he had about 12 calls in by 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. "Between the areas between Blountville and Bristol it's been absolutely horrendous, the damage we've been seeing," said Pakrul.
He said he’s spending the day removing water from people’s homes, and helping them clean up their water damage.
"We'll soon get it back to shape. It'll just take a while," Mrs. Greene told News 5.
Pakrul gave News 5 an important fact to remember when it floods. He said many times with flash flooding, the water that seeps into homes could be contaminated because that water could come from creeks or flow through pastures.