Memphis daycare flooded by heavy rains

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Rooms full of tiny children is not a common site at a health care facility for the elderly.

But Elder Care Health Services was the safest place for them to be Friday morning when they were forced out of their daycare by flood waters.

"We're just part of her emergency plan," said Rosetta Perkins of Elder Care Health. "When they have a flood we let them come up and take space in the building.

Buttons and Bows Learning Academy on Millbranch had to evacuate dozens of children.  Beds and other belongings were taken next door with the help of firefighters who had to wade through high waters.

Parents and grandparents were quick to praise daycare owner Evelyn Hooks.

"We didn't have any problem because she's got her emergency plan set up and I guess it worked," grandmother Ruth Taylor said.

Hooks is hoping the city can help. It's the second flood since she purchased the business last year.

"The problem is with from my understanding is with the drainage system that flows in this area and it goes all the way back to Nonconnah and there's trees and sewage," she said.

Inside the building, carpets, toys, and books were ruined.  But Hooks said she was relieved that the most precious items inside the building when the rain started - the children - made it safely to high ground.

Hooks said she hopes to get Buttons and Bows cleaned up over the weekend and reopen Monday, but she wasn't sure if it would be possible.

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