Homeowners to receive relief after floods damage property

POSTED: 8:35 AM Dec 24 2013   UPDATED: 5:38 PM Sep 25 2013

In July, floodwaters left many homes and businesses damaged in Sullivan County.

But Wednesday homeowners in Bloomingdale received some good news after dealing with months of devastation.

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency's "Rebuild and Recover" grant will provide relief for homeowners affected by the July floods in Sullivan County.

"What we try to do is help communities like Bloomingdale where something has happened maybe is a flash flood, a tornado. Our experience has been that every year in our state small communities are hit hard and it's a big deal in those small communities," said Ralph Perrey, Tennessee Housing Development Agency Executive Director.

News learned that $100,000 will be given to Sullivan County to be distributed homeowners through am application process, enough money to help repair eight to 10 homes.

Nearly three months after the floods swept through Bloomingdale, much of the devastation still remains. Della Ryan, who owns a home on in Bloomingdale on Lousie Street, is still cleaning up debris from the devastation after her renters abandoned the home after the flood.

"And the next morning the lady how lived her called me at about 11 o'clock and said that they were flooded out and I came right out to look at the house and stuff and everything was wet," said Della Ryan, homeowner.

Ryan showed News 5 where the water damaged the entire foundation of the house. Getting that foundation fixed can be quite costly, especially since she doesn't have flood insurance, but one visit and some good news is bringing a ray of sunshine to a rainy day. 

Ryan is relived to know that she is finally getting some relief after three months of cleanup. " [I'm] very emotional, because I didn't think there would be any help at all when the insurance company said there was nothing they could do, I thought I had it all to fix myself and you have to much to just walk away," said Ryan.

If you have a home damaged by recent floods in Sullivan County, the emergency management and the county's development district will have an application process in a few weeks. We'll let you know when they start taking applications.

Money from the same grant was provided for homeowners affected by the Washington County, Tennessee floods near Dry Creek last year.