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Creek Overflows In Boiling Springs

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BOILING SPRINGS, S.C. -

One Upstate road turned into a river in a matter of minutes due to heavy rainfall.

That's what happened in Boiling Springs Saturday, when a creek overflowed into a neighborhood at Fawn Bridge Road.

A creek next to Lakeya Smith's house flooded and she says three feet of water piled up on the road. Eventually she said more than 7 feet of water piled up and two creeks merged into one toward a bridge nearby.

She says people were stranded and couldn't get to their homes but many followed the warning not to drive through the water. They said emergency management officials and the news helped her to remember but some people still crossed the water in big trucks. Those trucks took neighbors back to their homes.

"Someone drove by and said this must be a water pipe break somewhere, and I said no this is just rain!" said Spicer.

One of her neighbors Ona Webb went to check on their elderly neighbor who saw the flood coming and left home for hours.

"I was stranded on the other side and I've never seen anything like this. The water was rushing and the road was completely covered," said Webb.

Neighbors say it took about four hours for the water to recede. Spicer first saw the flood around 10:30 and could see the road again by 2.

Some neighbors experienced water damage, but Spicer said she had flood insurance. She said being at the bottom of a valley, it was an easy decision to get it but some neighbors don't have any and experienced flooding and damage in their sheds and basements.

  Spicer. said the storm drains next to her home directed a lot of the water out of the area but it's important, she said, to know if you live on a flood plain and to have insurance.

"I hope possible something could be done, maybe reconstruct the road in the area so there is somewhere for the water to go.  She is concerned for the next time it rains.

Many counties in the Upstate are hoping to get federal aid because costs to make repairs are rising.

But because the flooding didn't come from one large event, they're running into trouble.

You can check to see if your county was recently covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA at their website.

There may be money available for you, so you can apply for coverage over the phone or their website If you have flood insurance already you need to file a claim first.

If you have damage now, no insurance and need immediate help you can turn to organizations in your area like the Red Cross and The United Way. Try calling 2-11, anytime, anywhere to get help or be pointed in the right direction of an organization that can help.

FEMA may also be able to provide some assistance for your area.

FEMA will look at that claim and see what other damages you have.

Also Flood Smart can help you determine how to prepare for future flooding and what type of insurance you may need.

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