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Three Years After The Big Flood

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BORDEAUX, Tenn. – Three years ago Middle Tennessee experienced major flooding which killed 11 people and destroyed homes and businesses across the area.

Most parts of the mid-state recovered, but some areas changed forever. In Bordeaux, Whites Creek flooded West Hamilton Avenue and the surrounding area.

There is a permanent scar in the neighborhood which sits parallel to Whites Creek Pike where dozens of homes were destroyed.

One of the homes lost in the flood belonged to William Cross' best friend, Robert Woods, who drowned in his home.

"Everytime I look down that way I'm looking for my friend. We used to fish together all the time. I don't know," explained Cross.

Many flood victims accepted government buyouts and moved away. Idella Young decided to stay, but didn't want to take any chances and raised her home.

"I just don't know. You know they say it might not come again, but you never know," said Young.

For those who lived through the flood, they said the reminder will always be a part of their lives.

"My wife and I stood in that house with water up to here for about 4 or 5 hours, so that's got to linger on back in the back of your mind. And every time it rains for a period of time you've got to stay up and watch it," said Cross.

The property damage caused by the flood exceeded $2 billion.

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