Millington family loses everything in flood

By Ben Watson - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Mid-South flood victims are struggling to pick up the pieces, and many are realizing their homes will never be the same.

Gail Fouts and her family returned to their Shady Oaks trailer to pick up items they were not able to take the day flood waters forced them to evacuate.

"Walked up the street holding my tennis shoes, my wallet, and my cell phone," Fouts said.

Fouts said her family joined hundreds of other flood victims forced to live in Red Cross shelters.  

The Millington mother and grandmother claimed Shady Oaks officials told her that she would be able to retrieve her belongings when the water receded.  When she returned to the trailers, she was heartbroken by what she found.

"Nothing that we owned was in that trailer," Fouts said.

Fouts thought she would have more time to retrieve her belongings.  She was horrified when she found out that her water-soaked trailer had been cleaned out and everything thrown into the trash.

Fouts said was upset family members most was the missing box of items that belonged to a grandchild that passed away last year.

"We're leaving here today," Fouts said.  "My husband and myself, we're leaving here today."

The Fouts family is starting over in the nearby Millington Oaks Apartments with a U-Haul truck stuffed with donated items.

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