Southwest Memphis Homeowners Remember Flood Of The Century
(Memphis) Along Anderson and Harahan Road in southwest Memphis, 81-year-old Jenetta Wilson remembers the flood of the century like it was yesterday, “It was just flooded.
The water was up to that fence. My mailbox was covered up.”
Last year, News Channel 3 introduced you to Miss. Wilson.
Her home was one of dozens in the Walker Homes community that, for weeks, was surrounded by and in some cases covered in water.
It was so bad, fire department rescue boats were brought in to help neighbors evacuate.
Wilson said, “This time last year I wasn’t even here. I was over to my sister’s. They had moved us out.”
One year later, the water is gone, the power is back on and some families forced out have moved back.
But scars from the flooding damage remain and several homes are now boarded up with keep out and dangerous building signs posted on them.
Marterance Powell lives in the community, “A lot of houses down the street, they are boarded up and a lot of people have sold their house. A lot of people say they don’t even want their house anymore.”
Homeowners say on the surface things are looking better, but they say the flood of the century has taken its toll on a neighborhood that now has far fewer neighbors.
Wilson said, “Everything is pretty normal, but there’s hardly anybody here.”