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More flood-affected areas found in South Pittsburg

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SOUTH PITTSBURG, TN (WRCB) -

The grounds of Lloyd & Pounds Apartments in South Pittsburg were buried after major flash flooding July 10th.

Vivian Dagnan has lived in the small complex for several years and her friend Mark Campbell was at the one-floor apartment that night. They had never heard rain coming down that hard.

"You could hear it. It sounded like a waterfall," recalls Campbell. "You could hear the water and the boulders bouncing against each other. It sounded like a freight train out there."

The boulders were rolling down the side of South Pittsburg Mountain into the creek running alongside the property on Prospect Street. They didn't know how bad the flooding would get.

"We weren't scared to start out with, but it just kept getting higher and higher," remembers Dagnan. "Then I was really scared."

Water got as high as railings and front porches. The flooding also damaged a few vehicles.

Campbell and Dagnan, along with her son, daughter-in-law, and five-year-old grandson dashed inside. But it was too late to gather anything and attempt an escape in her son's van.

"The boulders were already behind all the vehicles. There was nobody getting out," says Campbell.

The family waited out the storm inside and thankfully the water didn't get past the door.

The buildings are operated by the city. Housing authority executive director Terry Case says his staff visited the next morning once they were able to enter the neighborhood.

"We didn't get a lot of water inside the houses over there," says Case. "They were more or less damp right there at the front doors which some of the neighbors cleaned up themselves."

Volunteers and friends helped, too.

Case says most of the damage was to the exteriors but his office checked for mold and electrical problems to be on the safe side.

"We had an assessment team go in and look and they reported to me that they were okay. That is the last report that I got," says Case.

He says it's an ongoing process with all public housing that was damaged inside and/or outside.

"We'll make sure everybody's safe and protected," Case assures.

If you haven't reported a flood-related issue at your public housing residence, Case urges you to call or visit his office.

Residents are grateful to everyone who has helped fixed what the flood left behind.

"I'd like to thank them for coming out here and cleaning it up," says Campbell.

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