Residents clean up after intense rain - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Residents clean up after intense rain

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Intense rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Fay dumped nearly three inches of rain on some parts of Memphis late Monday afternoon, leaving quite a mess for residents to clean up.

Tuesday afternoon, Lick Creek in Memphis was back to normal - calm and quiet.  It was a far cry from the noise the creek was stirring 24 hours earlier on Auburndale Street.

While Memphis Public Works  crews spent Tuesday clearing debris, John Langely and his cat were drying out.  Monday afternoon's floodwaters spilled into Langely's basement, and nearly into his house.  His backyard flooded, and his garage took on two and a half feet of water.

It left quiet a mess.

"To have to go through there and have to throw out a lot of wet stuff, no, it's not going to be easy," he said.

Across the street, the neighbors told similar tales.  Paula Sandler found herself stuck with a rental car after her own car was flooded.

"We came out and sat here, and watched the water rise," she said. "My car was right back there!"

The mess was not unique to this Midtown neighborhood. On Jackson, the InStyle Beauty Salon spent Tuesday airing out, while employees swept up the slosh.

On Whitney, drain maintenance crews collected leaves, worms and everything else clogging sewer lines.

After the leftovers from Tropical Storm Fay hit Memphis, residents were ready for dry weather.


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