Flood Victims With No Insurance Struggling

Posted at 8:25 PM, May 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-22 21:26:19-04

Each step takes James Scotty closer, closer to the reality that has become his life since flashing flooding destroyed his Sumner County home on Friday morning

"I was sleeping when the water came crashing through," James says.

He's 70-years-old, searching his washed out mobile home in Portland for something to save where water stole everything.

"I'm exhausted, I'm running on pure caffeine and an hour of sleep," he says.

It's still unclear how many people lost their homes in Friday's flash flooding, most though are like Scotty with no safety net, no insurance and now have nothing. 

In Tennessee there are no state programs to help with disaster relief, instead residents would have to rely on FEMA. But Friday's flash flood does not meet the federal requirements for the federal government to step in 

"I would never imagine rain could do that kind of damage," says Amanda Wix who lost her home and also doesn't have insurance.

Three days after the flood we found them inside a motel room, where they've run out of money and hope.

"I hope we're not living under bridge but if it comes down to it that's what we gotta do," she said holding back tears.

Sumner County Emergency Management Officials are hoping that they might be able to get loans from the Small Business Association.

It's unclear though how long that process could take. 

To help Amanda and her family: