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NC homeowners struggle to keep flood waters at bay with no hope of insurance help


Many homeowners in Tryon North Carolina have been dealing with flooding and even mud slides.

Everywhere you can see brown torrents of streaming water going in any direction it wants, including in homes.
“It was just one deluge from that plant over to here. This was completely under water. All of it was under water,” said Tryon homeowner Jeremy Zobel.

He and his wife Marlene have spent the last 5 days digging trenches, sandbagging, and spray-foaming their siding.  But still the water won, and made it’s way inside. 

“Yeah when the water was up to here and I was holding lawn chairs and everything. I mean the sticks and all the debris rocks, my hands were bloody,” said Zobel.

This house has been in the Zobel’s family for nearly 50 years with no flooding.  The creek, they say, is usually a trickle.   But days of heavy rain and a mud-slide caused a water-main up the hill to break.

And like so many here, they have no flood insurance.  

“And our insurance company said, yeah it was a disaster, we can’t help you,” said Zobel.

The Zobles say emergency management officials were here to assess the damage.  They’re still trying to figure out if folks here will get some sort of federal assistance. For that at least 25 homes would have to be affected with at least 40 percent damage.     

Inside they say they’ve removed dozens of gallons of water, covered leaking sockets, trying to gain ground.
“I said, I can’t do this, I’m going to die of a heart attack,” said Zobel. 

They spent last night at a hotel, and can only hope the rain will end soon.

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