Flood victims in Henryetta start cleanup process

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 6/06/2013 5:45 pm Published: 6/06/2013 4:57 pm

Recent floods in Henryetta damaged nearly 35 houses.

Now, many there are picking up the pieces of their soggy homes and trying to move on.

FOX23's Sharon Phillips found floodwaters receded in Henryetta, but the cleanup process is just beginning for many.

Phillips met Gary Dwiggins carrying his belongings out of his house and tossing them into a large dumpster.

"My mailbox was completely covered in water. Probably about three fourths of the furniture got tore up and the kids' bedroom stuff. That's probably the main thing," said Dwiggins.

He said his family has been displaced and most of their belongings destroyed.

"I stayed until it got up to an inch in the main house, picking stuff up to save what we could," he said.

He and his family were able to salvage a few personal items, like pictures, but almost everything else now sits in the dumpster

Dwiggins' neighbor, Linda, has lived in her house for more than 30 years and always paid her flood insurance; but when times got rough for her family she stopped.

"So I helped them with things instead of paying my yearly flood insurance and so it had lapsed by five weeks," she said.

As water began to pour into her home, she heard her SUV making a loud sound in her garage

"What it was doing was floating and hitting my garage door and it broke it in two places," she said.

Like Dwiggins, she lost everything.

"It ruined all my appliances and all my furniture and everything in the house," she said.

The city, along with volunteers, will be helping out the elderly and people who can't haul their debris away Saturday at 9 a.m.

If you need help, call City Hall to put your name on the list.

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