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Wiregrass Newsroom: Dothan residents gut their homes after flood damage

Dothan resident, Bill Shealey, looks over furniture and family heirlooms damaged in flood waters Dothan resident, Bill Shealey, looks over furniture and family heirlooms damaged in flood waters

Reporter: Melissa McKinney

DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) -- Fans blow hard in Bill Shealey's house on Aberdeen Road in Dothan.   They're attempting to dry what's left of damp, molded walls.

"Basically half of my den is gone," says Bill.

But Bill isn't living with the noise.  That's because he's not living in his house, but rather a trailer in his front yard--until his home is livable again.

"It left just about as fast as it came in. It was in and out but the damage was done...too late then," says Bill.

The den in Bill's house had nearly two feet of water in it just a week and a half ago.

"It was right about knee high," says Bill.

EMA directors say more than 300 homes in Houston County sustained flood damage.

Take a walk down Aberdeen Road and sights of trash piles will probably catch your eye.  And while it may look like a pile of trash, residents say it's a pile of memories now kicked to the curb.

"I've had this china cabinet as long as I've had my wife," Bill says.

They're memories residents are sad to see go, but glad they're not doing it alone.

The Southern Baptist Convention's Disaster Relief crew from Cullman, Alabama is offering a helping hand.

"It breaks your heart to see the families having to go through with a disaster, whatever it is, but it is a feel of joy and contentment to be able to help," says volunteer Wintford Haynes.

It's help Bill appreciates as he looks at what's left of his home, and waits for what's to come.

"They're just tremendous.  That's all I can say about them."

 

 

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