Pete Scott's trailer and truck submerged in
rapidly rising Pink Road water (Dale Hall Photo)
Considering problem on the front
porch of house (Dale Hall Photo)
Pete Scott (left) and Don Nameth inspect damage to their
property Tuesday, including Nameth's large cornfield
By Bob Weaver 5/2009
"I looked out and saw the water coming up, and a few minutes later if was against the house," said Pink Road resident Linda Crawford.
When Beech and Henry's Fork flooded Monday, those living along the stream said it was frightening how quickly the water surrounded their homes, and in some cases flooded them.
Crawford said she prepared her 91-year-old mother to be removed from the house, but the water leveled.
"I think about 50 years ago water was about this high," she said.
Linda Crawford points to water level on her house.
Sam McCumbers house got water high above creek
Several residents complained about an oil spill on the water.
In some spots along the stream, the water was 20 feet or more above the stream bed.
Dale and Helen Hall said the water rushed down the valley, flooding the main floor of their house, doing a lot of damage.
"We've never seen anything like this in 50 years," said Hall.
The Hall's live in a well-known homestead that once belonged to John Dillon.
Bob and Linda McCartney were rescued from their house
Monday, the dwelling sets high above the creek bed
McCartney's tackle a big clean-up job.
Debris caught on swinging bridge.
Linda McCartney, who with her husband Bob were rescued from their home Monday, said "I turned my head and then looked back toward the creek, and it had us completely surrounded."
McCartney, her family and friends, were working hard Tuesday to clean up the house, which got at least 12 inches of water. The house sets high above the creek, not a location likely to flood.
Downstream, the Sam McCumbers house, high above the creek also got water.
Mark Nameth and his neighbor Pete Scott said about everything they had was destroyed, one living in a small dwelling and the other in a mobile home.
"This has me terrorized," said Scott, who with Nameth fled to the hillside.
Don Whytsell, who lives on the lower end of Henry's Fork, got water in his garage, but "My house was spared by a few inches."
Debris from the flood caught on swinging bridges, and on lower Henry's Fork, washed the wooden part of a bridge away.
Several houses on lower Henry's Fork has water to the floor level of their homes.
"It came fast and it was everywhere," said Whytsell.
Don Whytsell on lower Henry's Fork
says house was barely spared