Kenton residents moving back in
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 9:30 pm
By: John Brannon, Staff Reporter
By JOHN BRANNON
Flooded out but making a comeback.
Such is the sentiment today of Bill Sanderson of Kenton, whose rental properties were flooded Sunday.
He owns two one-story buildings that contain a total of 10 apartments. The buildings are located on North Hall and North King streets in Kenton, about a half-mile from the north fork of the Obion River.
All 10 apartments had to be evacuated of people and personal property, including furniture, about noon Sunday because of rapidly rising flood water.
“I came out of church at 12:15 p.m. Sunday. Water was three feet from entering these buildings, rising a foot an hour,” Sanderson said. “By 3 p.m., they were in water. It got about six inches deep.”
Sanderson said a crew of 10 workers and several volunteers moved furniture and appliances out and began the clean-up process. Tenants went to live with relatives and friends while the work was under way.
“I have no flood insurance, so I have to bite the bullet and keep going,” he said.
He estimated the clean-up overall will cost him about $10,000.
“It’s just one of those things,” he said. “It wasn’t negligence on anybody’s part. All our tenants cooperated. They understand it was an act of God.
“I’ll tell you this. Had the levees on the north fork held, we wouldn’t have been flooded. There were two breaks. Sunday evening, there were two breaks in the levee north of here. That allowed the water on us to recede. Otherwise, we’d still be under six inches of water.
“Sunday, it was rising rapidly. Monday, most of it had receded. It went down instantly, like pulling the plug out of a bath tub. That allowed us to get into these buildings and start the clean-up.”
Today, Sanderson reported two tenants have moved back in. He said he expected the others to do so later today.
Published in The Messenger 5.4.10