EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSHomes, Businesses Damaged By Summer Storms
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Reported by: Katelyn Sykes
Web Producer: Katelyn Sykes
Reported: Aug. 22, 2013 12:48 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 22, 2013 1:28 PM EDT
South Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Wednesday night's severe weather across the region caused some serious problems. Flooding was one of the biggest issues, and one of the hardest hit areas was South Charleston.
People were left cleaning up Thursday morning after heavy rains caused damage to their homes and businesses.
"I'm still in shock," homeowner Jadiah Elkins said. "I've never been through something like this before."
Elkins and his family are in shock after Wednesday night's storms destroyed their West Avenue home in South Charleston. Everything they own is now sitting in their front yard.
"We lost everything," he said. "My daughter's room. Everything is gone."
Elkins said about a foot of water started coming up through his floors. He and his family had to run to a neighbor's house to escape the flood.
"I looked outside and said, 'We've got to get out now,' " he said. "And just like that . . . we couldn't do anything. It was everywhere."
Patrick Nicholson owns the Rock Lake Barbershop just down the street from Elkins' home. He said he didn't know his business was damaged until he got to work Thursday morning.
"It made my stomach turn inside out immediately when I saw it," Nicholson said. "This is how I feed my family."
Mud covers just about every inch of the floor of his business. Nicholson said after he surveys the damage, it could take him weeks to get his shop cleaned and back open.
"It's money lost, and you can't make it up once it's gone," he said.
South Charleston city crews also had to spend much of the morning trying to get the underpass on Rock Lake Drive back open. Water was several feet deep underneath the bridge and was still there several hours after the storm.
It's a big mess and a big loss, leaving Nicholson and Elkins trying to find a way to move forward.
"I work hard for this, and it's gone," Elkins said. "Everything's gone."
Elkins said he didn't have insurance. Nicholson said he is not sure if his insurance will cover the flood. Both estimate their losses to be thousands of dollars.
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