GERMANTOWN, Tenn. — Germantown city staff are still assessing all the damage after unprecedented flooding overnight.
Friday afternoon, teams visited more than 100 homes, and visits will continue into the weekend.
Nearly 24 hours after flooding started to become an issue, the effects are still visible. Residents said they have never seen anything like it.
Todd Johnson said his family was watching movies in their living room Thursday night. Hours later, they were watching that same room fill with water.
“Within 10-15 minutes, it was to our waist throughout the house. It went that fast,” said Johnson.
City officials said 10 inches of rain hit Germantown overnight after a day of steady rainfall, causing the perfect storm for unprecedented flooding.
“We get heavy rain all the time, but it’s never been in our windows or kitchen or four, five feet deep,” Johnson said.
In the midst of the flooding, Johnson and his family tried to save as much as possible. Within an hour, the water rushed out almost as quickly as it rushed in.
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With more rain on the way, the city is reminding everyone to keep their drains clear. And some residents are wondering if the city should be investing more in drainage.
Johnson told FOX13 drainage has been an issue in Germantown for years.
“(Drainage) wasn’t the only factor but it didn’t help and you know I think this is a wakeup call. We’ve got to look at the things that are important to some of the residents here and quit playing politics,” Johnson said.
Germantown officials said the infrastructure operated as intended, and the system was “simply overwhelmed.”
City administrator Patrick Lawton told FOX13 there is more than a million dollars set aside for drainage improvements in the upcoming budget. Additionally, the city is spending $150,000 for the master drainage plan – studying the condition of the current drainage system and estimating future improvements.
In addition to thousands of dollars of damage both inside and outside of their homes, a lot of people don’t have flood insurance because they aren’t in the floodplain.
City crews are assessing the damages to see if FEMA can step in and provide some relief.
Officials released the following statement regarding the flooding and cleanup:
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