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May 12, 2010

Eleven days and counting: Woodstock still battling floodwater

Eleven days post flood, Woodstock Estates homes remain inundated.

Although much off the flooding in Clarksville has receded, residents of Woodstock Estates on the Tennessee/Kentucky border remain waterlogged and inaccessible eleven days after a foot of rain fell on the region.

Pumps work to drain floodwaters at Woodstock Estates

A number of residential homes emerged from the water with mud-laden lawns and shrubs, and as yet undetermined interior damage. For many others who are still evacuees, it is uncertain just how long it will take for the water to be pumped away or evaporate.

According to Clarksville Fire and Rescue, two pumps have been working nearly around the clock, pumping the excess water into undeveloped areas outside the Woodstock development. The odor of gas filtered into the air as the pumps worked at a moderate roar.

Woodstock estates was not considered a flood plain and most of its residents were uninsured for catastrophic flood damage; they have also voiced ongoing complaints about the lesser amounts of water that pool in the low points of that development since it was built.

At the current rate of pumping and evaporation, it could easily be a week before some of these families can begin damage assessment, much less return to their homes.

Photos by Kelly Anne LaPlante.



About the Author

Christine Anne Piesyk
Christine Anne Piesyk brings over 40 years of experience to the pages of Business Clarksville; she has edited news, opinion, politics, business, arts/leisure, food, lifestyle, education and travel pages in both daily and weekly newspapers. Now retired, she words as an editorial consultant, and remains an editorial consultant to Business & Heritage Clarksville. " At 18, she began working with film and theatre critic Sam Hoffman, and at 27 launched The Entertainment Review as a radio medium with Jesse Garon. As a film/arts critic, she co-produced the Review for 25 years in both print and radio. The number of films she has, seen, studied or reviewed number in the thousands. "Lifelong education and a career in media have afforded me extraordinary opportunities," Piesyk said. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in individualized studies from Goddard College.




 
 

 
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