SODDY DAISY, Tenn. (WDEF) – Three days of heavy rainfall have brought devastating floods to the county and Soddy Daisy is one of the hardest hit areas.
Today the Hamilton County Emergency Services office went out to begin surveying the damages.
“Some of the homes have maybe two inches where you can see where the water line was. Some I’ve seen it as high as waist deep in some areas, especially down off of Pruitt street,” said spokesperson Amy Maxwell.
Runoff into Little Soddy Creek was responsible for most of the flash flooding.
The creek overran its banks, sending a wall of water down the mountain and straight into Soddy Church of God.
Pastor Jerry Justice was amazed at how the water took over the parking lot
“It absolutely made a river out of our whole parking lot and it eventually destroyed our whole parking lot. I had no idea the water could get under the asphalt like that but it lifted it all up, ripped it all up,” said Justice.
HCEMS is concerned about the financial burden cleaning up will put on Soddy Daisy residents; most residents do not have flood insurance to cover the damage.
“We”re trying to get a damage assessment to see if we have enough that have been affected, financially as well to where we can turn this in and then hopefully get some support for these people,” said Maxwell
Justice and his church are now rebuilding with the support of the community.
He said people have donated time, building materials, and heavy machinery to clean up and clean out the church and the parking lot.