Flood recovery and cleanup underway in Statesville

- Clean up continues in Statesville following Wednesday's flash flooding. Four Iredell County school buses had to be towed from Statesville High School to the bus garage for cleaning. 

Mechanics said all the fluids and filters will have to be changed, but the buses should be up and running by next week just in time for the start of the new school year. 

In Statesville people's belongings were left on the porch to dry. Keepsakes from long ago were destroyed. All of it happening so fast in the Flash Flood Wednesday. 

It's something folks said they haven't seen before.

"This is the first time ever since we moved here, and we moved here in 73'," Peggy Deal explained.

Deal said she'll likely have to part with her high school year book, one of the things damaged by the flood. 

Deal said first responders came to her back door Wednesday afternoon to help her evacuate, leavig no time to run back and grab keepsakes.

"He told me I didn't have time. I didn't have time. I had to come. I had these boots on. He said 'you can just take them boots off right now. The water is higher than those boots.' He told me to put on some tennis shoes so I did. The water was up to about right here," Deal demonstrated. 

Across the street on Springdale Road in Statesville, another family is trying to figure out the next step. Brian Parks said all the floors in his house will have to be replaced. 

"It's not easy. You're life is getting ready to be turned upside down when they come in for the repairs. You don't know what to expect," Parks said. 

Daniel Zimmerman with Response Team One said his company will be doing the restoration work for both houses. When the storm hit, he and his crew jumped in the car. 

"Nobody wants mold in their houses. It's a safety hazard. whether it's mold or replacing the floor, we do everything, full cycle," Zimmerman explained. 

Zimmerman said restoration crews plan to start their work right away. The first step in getting the families back to normal everyday life. 

"You're heart goes out to people who have to deal with stuff like this. We're having to deal with it too now. You don't realize what it's like until it happens," Parks said. 

 

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