Paula Brown woke up Saturday, June 7, hearing the massive storms that were just starting.
"I got up at 4:30 a.m. and saw the rain coming to the edge of the drive," Brown said.
Only one hour later, there was approximately two-and-a-half feet of water inside their home, 402 S. Alabama St., Brazil.
Brown said she received help from friends regarding sandbagging and at one point had four pumps running water out of their home.
The water receded later that evening, but things haven't improved just yet, Brown said.
"Basically, we're living in one bedroom right now," she said.
The family has lived in the home for five years now.
During the flooding during the weekend, Brown said she didn't see any city workers.
However, Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw said she contacted workers with the sewer department right away.
"They were out extremely early," Bradshaw told The Brazil Times. "And the water department went out next."
Bradshaw said the worst areas hit by flooding included areas near Short, Ridge, Depot, Pinckley and Posey streets.
"You had some areas that were flooded, but not as bad," Bradshaw said.
Bradshaw said city employees have been out cleaning up debris since flood waters receded.
"We're trying to help, of course," she said. "They've been out practically every day. As they see it, they get it."
Bradshaw encouraged any city resident that needs help cleaning up debris to call her office at 443-2221 or the city street department at 448-8501.
"We'll help them out as much as we can," she said.
While Brown's house is salvageable, she said the family was denied by insurance because the area is not in a flood plain.
"Basically, we were told we were on our own," Brown said.
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