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Flooding causes major damage in South Pittsburg

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"Muddy. Muddy. Very muddy," said Estell Peoples.

That's what residents of South Pittsburg saw all over the streets and their homes Thursday morning after flash flooding Wednesday night.

But long-time resident Estell Peoples has never seen it like this.

"It's awful. Because it had never got up in our cars or washed all this away or over yonder. It never did it. But this year, this time it's really hit," said Peoples.

She lives on Pine Avenue near the creek that runs down South Pittsburg Mountain. Peoples and other residents believe recent clearing on the mountain made this flash flood the worst they've ever seen, sending rocks and mud straight into the city.

Thankfully Peoples' car still runs so she can take her husband, Harold, to dialysis treatments. And their dog, Daisy Mae, also stayed safe.

"By the grace of god we're still here. And our house and everything. Our house is still here and I thank him for it," said Peoples.

Her neighbor across the street didn't get quite as lucky. While water and mud didn't get into Cecil Long's home, it came close, reaching onto the front porch.

Water got into his family's vehicles, too, which had to be towed out of the mud. Long became concerned when the water began moving fast.

"We had to hold onto each other to keep from being swept around the house," said Cecil Long.

"I can't swim, so it was scary," said Long.

He was able to sweep water off the porch once it began receding. Long says it'll take some time, a lot of elbow grease, and a good shovel to clean up the yard.

"It'll probably take a couple months to get all this out," said Long.

"It could've been a lot worse," said Long.

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