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Cumberland Valley hit hard by storms

By: Ashley Reynolds Email
By: Ashley Reynolds Email

Many folks in the Cumberland Valley Region are stranded due to mudslides and flash flooding.

James Merida woke up to find his house moving.
A mudslide is taking his home down the hill.

"I come outside... all the blocks are shifting... cracking and popping," said Merida.

In the meantime some Bell County folks are stuck.

A mudslide blocked a road preventing a few families like the Hatmakers from getting out.

"I think they will get it cleaned up. We can't clean it ourselves. We don't have the equipment or anything. The county is going to help us clean it up," said Hazel Hatmaker.

Officials say conditions are right for many things to go wrong.

"We have had so much rain this spring... through the winter too. The ground is saturated... this heavy rain is washing everything out," said Hubert Dozier, Bell County Magistrate, District 2.

As Merida's home continues to slide... he and his family are not sure where to turn.

"I don't know where I'm sleeping tonight for sure," said Merida.

Merida will continue to move blocks around hoping to save his home.


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