Flooding damages businesses, homes in Dade County
People across the Tennessee Valley continue to clean up the mess this weekend's floods left behind.
Dade County was hit hard by all the rain, leaving behind quite a mess.
The fast-moving flood waters caught many people off guard in Dade County. Emergency management officials say it has caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.
"They said it almost looked like white rapids coming through here, it was running so fast," says Murphy Eller.
Slygo Road disappeared as the rain pounded down.
"When I got down here, the water was still going up at the guard rail," says Eller.
Murphy Eller parks his food truck at his buddy's wrecker service off Slygo.
"We're still missing stuff too, like the wooden platform, decks that I had built around my trailer, they're gone," he says.
The water made its way into cars sitting in the lot. The current was so powerful it lifted asphalt from the road. Now their attention turns to cleaning up what muddy waters left behind.
Over on Murphy Hollow Road, crews work to fill in holes in the collapsed roadway. EMA Director Alex Case says all the damage has stopped work on any other road projects in the county, and the repairs are cutting into the general budget.
"It was turning into a river down here," says Quinton Norris.
Norris' grandparents live in Murphy Hollow. Their front yard turned into a lake as the hollow filled with water.
"It took more trees out than I thought it would, took some propane tanks away from people's houses," says Norris.
The flash floods washed away the bridge to other homes just up the road. He is just glad the water is receding.
"I feel bad for all the folks that got it worse than we did," he says.
There is no word yet on when all of the road work will be done. Workers say it will take several weeks to finish it all up.