• Germantown residents, volunteers cleaning up homes damaged by recent flooding

    By: Jacque Masse

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    GERMANTOWN, Tenn. - Germantown home owners are taking advantage to the dry weather to clean up after last week’s flooding.

    Heavy rain flooded more than 100 houses.

    The Germantown fire chief told FOX13 24 homes received one to three feet of water.

    59 homes had less than a foot of water.

    Volunteers spent hours helping people in need in Germantown.

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    This afternoon they worked on Ron Handwerker’s home…it was flooded with several feet of water.

    “We’ve had to pull the carpet up and cut the wall,” he said.

    He has lived here for 20 years with his wife.

    Handwerker is not the only one dealing with flooding damage.

    Numbers from the fire department show:
    •    23 homes received 3-5 feet of water
    •    24 homes received one to three feet
    •    59 homes received less than one foot
    •    20 residents experienced water damage to cars, garages and other items

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    Germantown Fire Chief John Selberg told FOX13 the city reached out to the county and state for assistance.

    He said it is difficult to reach the threshold for a disaster declaration for a small localized disaster like this one.

    Handwerker said despite the chaos—the silver lining is receiving help from others.

    “There is not enough gratitude in the world to help these people. I had people come in yesterday that I never seen and did not get their names,” he said.

    As the flooding pushed some people out of their homes, Germantown police have increased their patrols in the affected areas.

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