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Hendersonville Flood Victim Searching For Answers

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by Jennifer Reyes

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. - Two weeks after devastating flash floods struck Middle Tennessee, homeowners are still looking for help, and ways to rebuild.

One Hendersonville woman has gone through this twice, but this time she's looking for answers to keep this from happening again.

The August 8th flash floods did some major damage to Sally Millsap's home, she says it was worse than the 2010 flood.

"We did have some mold damage you know, of course but nothing like what this has been," said Millsap.

There was mold from floor to ceiling, that's why every single wall had to be ripped down. Her kitchen appliances were all damaged, and just about every piece of furniture she owns is either covered in mold or had to be thrown away.

Millsap said it sometimes feels hopeless because even as she works to rebuild her home, there's always the possibility that she'll be going through this again.

Millsap's home sits on a flood plain, and the water drainage near her front lawn makes things worse when it rains. It's one of the many reasons why she's pushing for the city to buy her home.

"If this was allowed to be bought back and it be used for what it was intended for naturally it would be a good thing for the city, for the community," explained Millsap.

Millsap said it's not about getting rid of her property; she said she doesn't want another homeowner to go through this again.

"We shouldn't have to continue to go through that, we shouldn't have to go to bed fearing and have panic attacks when it starts to rain," added Millsap.

So far, she said the city of Hendersonville has shown no interest to buy her property, but she's not ready to give up. "Maybe the right program, the right people will come forward and say, there is help."

The problem many homeowners are facing is the August 8th flash flood wasn't declared a federal disaster, so there is no financial help available at the federal level.

However, there are federal and local programs that will buy properties that are in flood plains, so what Millsap is asking for is not impossible.

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