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Flash flood causes homeowner's foundation to cave

EVANSDALE (KWWL) -- For many people, flooding concerns are coming to an end. On the outskirts of Evansdale, the problems are just beginning for folks like Warner Riechman.

Around 7:30 Wednesday morning water was coming up his driveway. Riechman did not think much of it, until he went outside around 8:00 a.m. and noticed the foundation on one side of his house had fallen into itself.

"I never heard it. But I was down there at 7:30 to see how much water there was. It was dry down there at 7:30."

By down there -- he means the crawl space. On Friday afternoon, that is still filled with water. They're pumping it out, but it just keeps filling up.

90 year-old Riechman does not have flood insurance to cover repairs -- he's not located in a flood plain. So at this point, he's planning to stay in his home of 57 years as long as it's standing.

"For now, yeah. But if that caves in, then I gotta get out. And I've been thinking about it, but as long as I can get by..." he commented.

The Red Cross and Emergency Management are working on getting homeowners like Riechman help. Meanwhile, his friends and family are by his side, and offering a place to stay when his home finally caves.

"There's no use buying a home at my age, is there?" Riechman noted.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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