South Plains families displaced by flooding - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/6/10

South Plains families displaced by flooding

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Many communities on the South Plains find themselves still underwater, and several families are still not able to go home.

Officials are calling this the 500-year flood, and two days after the rain, the water level isn't going down. It has left many families in the Slaton community homeless.

"We couldn't even get up to our yard, we had to get out and walk. And when I got to the house it was about 6 to 7 inches above my thighs. When I got inside to the door it was about 5 feet of water inside of my house, every room in my house is flooded," says Slaton resident Annie Trotty. 

Saturday night Annie came home to find her house flooded with five inches of water and says that there were cans floating in the front yard and even her lawn chairs were under water.

"I'm just at a stand still right now."

Annie works at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Lubbock and her employers offered her a place to stay for now.

"She's fantastic, she's a really hard worker, she helps out in any part of the hotel that she can. Just a great asset to the team, so it's really the kind of thing we would like to do to help her," says Courtyard Marriott General Manager Adam Holland.

Others in this flood plain community are not as fortunate and need help picking up the pieces.

Chief of Police, Royce Goodson, says the Slaton police, fire department and red cross all came out to help. But the community continues to work with engineers on the real problem to fix the drainage system.

"The next time it rains it's going to be the same problem all over again, because that's where we are," says local resident Roy King.

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