Millington residents salvage whatever they can

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MILLINGTON, TN (WMC-TV) - Stained and smelly...that's how this past weekend's massive floodwaters left homes in Millington on Monday.

"Our two door refrigerator was laying on its side," said Tabethia Adams, whose home flooded. "Contents were everywhere. All of our furniture was moved around in the room."

The base of Adams' home is already about five feet higher than the street.  Floodwaters rose another four feet past that.

"I just started crying," Adams said. "We have a 19-month-old child. What are we going to do? We have nothing. It is total devastation. You don't know how to react to it. It's a numb feeling.

And, like many people, many people on Arapaho Street in Millington, Tabethia Adams does not have flood insurance.

"We couldn't get it because this area's not zoned," she said. "It's not supposed to flood, I guess."

All through Millington, lifetimes of possessions are stacked on the streets.

"We have four houses - households - that live here," resident Alicia Owens said. "My father lives down here, niece lives here, down there brother-in-law and another brother-in=law.

Elaine Baker said her parents, whose home flooded, just gave up their flood insurance four months ago.

They said we're not in the flood zone anymore," Baker said. "They kept it for a while, and then the insurance company went up on it, so high they dropped it."

Bakers parents lived in their home for nearly 30 years.

"Since I was in the fourth grade," she said. "It's been many, many years."

It's a reminder that a home is often more than just bricks and mortar, and what washes out old memories can also create new ones.

"For us, it's bringing us together, so it's kind of cool," Owens said.

If the President declares Shelby County a disaster area, people in Millington may be eligible to receive federal aid from FEMA.

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