More Millington residents evacuated due to flooding

By Ben Watson - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - More Millington residents were out of their home Sunday night after a second round of evacuations.

In Waverly Plantation, an unincorporated area of Millington, residents walked through water above their knees in a desperate attempt to evacuate.

Thomas Williams and his wife did some quick packing as they prepared to leave their home of 26 years.

"We're trying to get valuable things such as title to the home," Williams said.  "Things like pictures, documents, insurance papers.  Things like that we will need."

Some evacuees, like Michelle Miller, were trying to figure out what to do with their pets.

"We have some dogs and stuff in the house, so it's going to be hard to find a place with people that will actually keep dogs and cats," Miller said.

Candace Aldridge said the flooding was toughest on those without flood insurance.

"Most of the people in our neighborhood don't have flood insurance," Aldridge said.  "What are you going to do?  You can't do anything but pray that somebody will help you."

On Aldridge's street, water was so deep it took a boat to get to her house.

A MATA bus pulled up to help some residents make a quick exit.  Their biggest question now is when they will be able to return.

"They are saying that it might be three or four days," Williams said, "maybe even weeks before we can get back into the home."

Stan and Patti Lathrop said they felt helpless after the storms forced them to evacuate and leave their eight cats behind.

"I feel sick," Stan Lathrop said.  "I feel like I've abandoned my family.  I feel like I've walked out and left my kids behind."

The pets were all trapped inside the couple's home at Shady Oaks Mobile Home Park.  They have been begging authorities to allow them to rescue the animals.

"We got a police officer walking in our front door saying, 'you two, you're leaving now'," Stan Lathrop said.  "We were trying to get our pets together so we can get them out of her and they said, 'no, you're leaving now or you're going to be arrested.'"

Millington Police Chief Ray Douglas said they are not allowing residents back in as a safety precaution.

"We don't want anybody in there to get injured or hurt in the dark hours," Douglas said, "and there's no power at all."

Patti Lathrop said she was desperate to save her pets.

"We've been sick all night," she said.  "We've been worried sick about these animals, crying and calling people for prayers."

Douglas went on to say that everyone, including the Lathrops, will have to wait.

"We're just going to have to wait," Douglas said.  "Most of the animals we have gotten out of there."

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