published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Neighbors team up to save LP home
By ROD LEWIS
LAKE PLACID -- When more heavy rains caused flood water to advance to within a half inch of a home on Washington Boulevard, a team of neighbors, friends and volunteer firemen moved in and saved the house from major damage.
"If it wasn't for those four kids, the water would have been in the house," homeowner Lorraine Russell said Monday.
The four "kids" Russell was talking about were neighbors who had observed the house for many days, saw the water rising and knew something had to be done. Cyrus Wilson said that he had never met Russell or her roommate, Ed Miks, but he and his friends saw what was happening and thought there could be something that they could do to help them.
"So we came down here and saw how bad it was," he said.
Wilson, Jerian Watts, Colton Sumrell and Jayme Watts started placing sandbags around the house Sunday and worked through the night into Monday morning. The battle was won and the house was saved.
The fight had been ongoing for almost two weeks, according to neighbor Johnathan Dweese, who volunteered the pump that was being used to relocated the water. Dweese said that he had been pumping the water for about six days and had it down to about six inches when more heavy rains came Friday.
Efforts to save to house kicked into high gear, and things moved quite quickly. There were approximately 10 members of the Highlands Park Estates Volunteer Fire Department who came to help Friday night. They allowed the use of fire hoses to help pump the water away from the house.
Wilson Agriculture donated sand, Lowe's stayed open so that bags could be purchased at a discount and the Watts and Sumrell families gave donations. Even the services of Auntie Barbies Pet Services are being used for Russell's dog, a corgi.
After a cursory view of the scene, Red Cross volunteer Adam Kraus said that the Red Cross could "assist with food in this case. We will have to see what happens next door." The house next door had a flooded yard, but the water was not as high as Russell's house. The third house on the street also was flooded, but not as severely as the other two.
Russell commented that the house had a problem with water in 2005 when there was an active hurricane season that brought a lot of water, and expresses her gratitude for those that helped her. She also mentioned that there used to be a lake behind the house, but that it had been filling in. One of the neighbors suggested that it might help if the lake was dug out to give the water some place to go.
Good people (by: Jim Terry - 7/25/2013)
Just when you just about give up on our new generations from the tv trials and the news, you read this. So maybe there is still hope for this Country
Ms. Russells' flooded home. (by: Carol Forney - 7/25/2013)
Sadly the efforts of community & H.P.V.F.D. have gone in vain;
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