Local Man Sees Flood Damaged Home for the First Time

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

Sopchoppy, FL - June 28, 2012- Kenny Thompson lives in Sopchoppy, FL. He's been there for about 2 years. Thompson never had to take a boat to his house before.

"Now we're going down, my highway to my house...this is where I'd always, come home, and turn this corner to my house," said Thompson as he navigated the boat down his still flooded street.

The flood waters in this part of town haven't receded yet. The water is still flowing over his mailbox.

Thompson hasn't been able to get back to his house until Thursday. His trailer is floating. His oyster boat and livelihood is resting broken underneath his home. Once inside, the watermark is three feet off the floor of the already 15 foot high structure.

"It's more sadness than anything. A little bit of anger. But, mother nature is gonna clean itself, I was gonna clean up underneath my house, and look, it got cleaned out," chuckled Thompson after he surveyed the damage.

On the way back to dry land were more houses and more objects strewn about.

Thompson says he can survive for now. But he knows that people like him all over the area need help.

"All the people in this community, people really don't know to what extent things have been ruined. We don't have anything."

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