Muddy water tears through Middlesboro homes

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

We are getting a better look inside many homes in Middlesboro that have extensive damage after yesterday's flood.

Some homes had feet of water come crashing through Monday morning.

Cleaning up is about the only thing to do.

"I don't know how high it was right here, because we were in the front fighting to try and get what we could get," said Jim Mullins.

And that's about all Jim Mullins can think about as he walks through his home.

"When she opened the front door, everything flushed in on me," said Mullins.

He and his wife were able to escape. But water filled their house to the windows.

You could call it an unwelcome gift.

"I'm 75 years old today. Today is my birthday," said Mullins.

Down the street, David Sparks is replacing floors. He says he is not leaving his home, even for a night.

"We slept on the floor on two mattresses, but it's home," said Sparks.

Water lines remain on houses and cars. They show the water through the neighborhood was about four feet deep.

For Jim Mullins, this birthday marks another milestone.

"It's like I told my wife, I'm not worried about my birthday. I just want to start living again," said Mullins.

A time for him to now build back his life.

Bell County Emergency Management officials traveled throughout Middlesboro Tuesday surveying damage.


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