When you think of flood damage, you probably think mostly about homes. But you might be surprised by what else can be destroyed or disturbed.
It's been five days since flooding caused major damage in parts of Washington, Unicoi, and Carter counties.
As they continue to clean up what the storms left behind, flooding victims still can't get over how fast it happened. The sudden downburst of rain surprised many folks like Lessley Clerkley. "It started raining. Then I saw the water starting to rise then a little more, then a little more, then a little more, and then all of the sudden I saw a big burst go across," he explained.
Ironically, he lives on Dry Creek Road. "Even with a small creek like this on Dry Creek Road, when a storm sits overhead for a large amount of time, even in a short period these streams can turn into raging waters," he said. "[It] can cause a tremendous amount of damage."
The damage is still evident almost everywhere you look. The rising water swept debris downstream as it rushed over everything in its path.
Not only did the water leave behind debris, but it flattened small trees and uprooted bigger ones. The trees were then washed away.
The strength of the moving water was so great, even concrete bridges were destroyed.
Then there's another, potentially dangerous problem -- "That's the first time I've seen snakes too, and it rolled some snakes across," Clerkley said.
The flood waters affected wildlife as well. Snakes and other animals were driven from their natural surroundings; just one more thing flood victims are having to watch out for as they dry out and clean up.
We found out in Washington County alone, damage totals about $5.5 million.