Frustrations run high as Millington residents wait to return home

By Anna Marie Hartman - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The First Baptist Church in Millington has been a shelter for flood victims.  Thursday night, it was a meeting place for people impacted by flooding to talk about whether what happens now is hazardous to their health.

Five days after flood waters moved into Millington, flood victims want to know if contaminated flood waters are now making them sick.

"Now we're talking about sewage," said Kim Pennington, a flood victim.  "I know for a fact it was sewage.  Why do I know that?  I walked through it up to here."

At the Millington shelter, representatives from the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department offered advice on hand washing and washing flood-damaged floors and walls with a mixture of bleach and water.  They also reassured residents they have been killing mosquito larvae as quickly as possible.

For some flood victims, the reassurance was not enough.

"I think the problem is that I'm not getting answers at all," Pennington said.  "I've been to every meeting here, I don't want to hear about mosquitoes anymore."

"Just make sure we're safe," Jan Brown said.  "If we need shots or whatever.  Just help us."

Flood victims said they need more concrete answers about when it's safe to go back home.

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