Sullivan County

Bloomingdale hit hard by flooding

Bloomingdale hit hard by flooding

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. - Residents of the Bloomingdale area in Sullivan County were hit hard by flooding and wind damage on Wednesday.

People we spoke with a day later tell us the waters rushed in so quickly, they had to react fast to stay afloat in waist-deep water.

Now they're asking themselves the question, 'where do we go from here?'

Devastation filled the hearts of residents in Sullivan County on Thursday. As the rain poured down Wednesday night, water filled the streets in Bloomingdale, rising with every minute and filling Elizabeth Absher's garage. "The more it came out of [the creek], the more it went straight into the house," she told us.

Absher showed us the garbage that came from the floodwaters and the damaged it caused. "It came through [Wednesday] night and knocked through the wall back here," she said, indicating a damaged wall.

Belinda Duranso tells us the water was waist-deep in her home, and all she could focus on was getting out -- because her family couldn't swim. "I put [our son] out the bathroom window and I was wondering how I was going to get out," she said.

Her husband came to the rescue and pulled both of them out of the home so they could get to safety.

They left everything they had behind. "Everything we had was destroyed," she said. "Everything."

Absher tells us everything can be repaired over time and she prays more rain isn't coming. "If this happens again tonight, it's going to be the same way," she said.

Over the next few days residents here hope the water will continue to recede. Road crews were out and about Thursday and have already repaved many of the washed-out streets.

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