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CLEANING UP THE AFTERMATH

FEMA Comes To Coast To Analyze Flood Damage

While Daniel and his friends on Rita Lane sold Kool-Aid, nearby adults searched for some cleaning aids.

"This is the after effect," Mike Olcott said, as he pointed to some grass stains on a garage wall. "It got up to 8 inches all the way through the house."

The Olcotts moved to Rita Lane about a year ago. They didn't buy flood insurance. And now they're paying for it. In the living room, Olcott pointed to a baseboard and said, "This is how high it was up in here. It soaked through the walls. We're hoping it won't be bad. But more than likely we'll have to replace all the sheet rock all the way around."

How bad was the Long Beach flooding? According to Optech public works employee Mike Decorte, "It didn't flood this bad during Hurricane Elena."

On Friday, Long Beach public works crews had orders to dig out every city drain because several neighborhoods that normally escape flood waters ended up under water.

"It was pretty bad in some of them," Optech worker Chuck Ray said. "A lot of water around here."

While some crews dug out drains, others gobbled up the soaking wet carpets that the Olcotts and several of their Rita Lane and Joyce Lane neighbors ripped out.

Millie Zeigler Olcott didn't blame anybody for her family's flooding predicament. She simply wished the nightmare would end.

"You're getting tired, you're realizing the impact of everything," Mrs. Olcott said. "It's going to be a long time before things get back to normal."

That's why the neighborhood kids set up their Kool-Aid stand, to bring some refreshing relief to this flooded Long Beach community.

About 300 Harrison County homes had water in them this week. FEMA representatives should make a decision about a federal disaster declaration this weekend.

by Brad Kessie

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