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Flooding, Damage Widespread In Macon County

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Posted at 6:17 PM, Jul 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 19:39:28-04

LAFAYETTE, Tenn. – Damage from flooding was easy to spot after storms moved through Macon County.

At one point, the high water stretched from one end of the county to the other Friday.

It was especially bad along the Highway 10 area.

Rescue crews had to save several people from their homes, including at one apartment complex that was hit hard.

Nearly all the homes on the bottom floor were flooded and the power was shut off, which meant they had to find a place to stay the night.

Just down the road on Main Street, the situation wasn't much better.

Neighbors spent Friday just taking it all in before trying to repair their property after the storms came through.

In one case, the flooding washed out an entire bridge to one man’s home.

Rescue crews said they were busy all morning across the area as everything flooded including along West Fork Creek Road and Long Creek Road.

Other people said they lost nearly everything in their home as the water rushed in, in just a matter of seconds.

The Red Cross set up a location at the fire station in Lafayette to give people a place to stay and help people begin the long road to recovery.

One flood victim, Tracey Bonham, spoke of just how fast the water came into her home.

She said it didn't give her time to grab much of anything before getting out.

“The water was coming through this door, about two feet up, under the baseboards, shooting up this far from the baseboards,” Bonham said.

The Red Cross said it's considering opening up a shelter Friday night if more people come in needing a place to stay.