Bob Ashley, a state delegate representing the area and an insurance agent in Spencer, said that he thinks the cleanup has "progressed really well," despite the worst flooding he's seen in his life in Spencer.
"It's a brighter day in Spencer," he said.
Ashley praised the National Guard and the several volunteer organizations that came to assist in the cleanup.
"You just can't put a value on what they did," he said.
As an insurance agent, Ashley said that he hasn't had that many flood insurance claims, and that many residents don't have that type of insurance. To make matters worse for some residents, the Federal Emergency Management Agency won't provide assistance to some homeowners whose buildings weren't damaged enough to qualify for funding.
For some in Roane County, flooding wasn't previously a concern because residents had never experienced flooding like the event earlier this month, Ashley said.
"I've had people in their 80s and 90s . . . who've never had water in their house (before the flood)," he said.
The Red Cross is continuing to work in Roane County, and spokeswoman Krista Farley said that the organization is working with affected residents on a case-by-case basis.
Farley said that the Red Cross is always looking for volunteers, and interested persons can sign up online at www.redcross.org.
Contact writer Matt Murphy at Matt.Mur...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817.
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