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Flash floods force Germantown residents out of their homes

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GERMANTOWN, TN (WMC-TV) - Heavy rains Sunday caused destructive flooding, trapping drivers and damaging homes in Germantown.

Dozens of residents of the Poplar Place Town Homes at Poplar and Kirby have checked into hotels since flood waters swept through their apartments.

Kelcie Brown arrived home from church Sunday to find her apartment a sopping mess.

"The refrigerator is not working, so we had to take our food out, take it to the hotel," she said.

The working University of Memphis student said this is the second time her apartment has been flooded in the last eight weeks, and she's at her wit's end.

"I'm fed up with it," she said. "We stayed in a hotel prior to this for three weeks. We've just been home for two weeks. I have two tests this week."

Desha Echols captured photos of the floodwaters around 11:00 a.m.

"Once I got outside, my mouth was just open because the water was steadily rising like it was a river. Seriously," she said.

Echols says even the large drains couldn't handle the heavy rainfall. "Two big drains right there, but the water was not draining - it was bubbling over it."

Residents' cars stalled in the knee-high water.

Many residents say they believe the area drainage system is to blame.

No one was available for comment Sunday at Germantown's Public Works Department. But Memphis' Public Works Director Dwan Gilliom said employees who inspected the drainage in a nearby area Sunday did not observe any obstructions.

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