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Flood 2016: FEMA coming to Clarksville

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Clarksville is working to clean up after the floods last week damaged 150 homes and 10 businesses.

There's standing water and debris scattered on the west side of town. Along the streets are piles of drywall and items of people's lives stacked at the end of driveways.

It's the damage you can't see from the outside affecting so many people this morning. A look inside one home reveals just how much was taken by the floods.

"I couldn't believe it. I've never been in a flood. When I grew up here, they didn't have floods," said Clarksville homeowner Barry Freerks.

Barry moved back to his hometown of Clarksville just over a year ago and had finished an entire basement remodel just weeks ago.

The high water destroyed the basement and forced Barry to gut the entire remodel. Groundwater is still seeping into the basement days later.

The water also damaged his main floor.

When asked if he would refinish the basement, Barry choked up, "I don't think so."

For now, the community is working together to take care of its own.

"Some of our people are getting a little discouraged. They were here in 2008 and they are wondering is this going to happen again, in 8 years down the road?" said Clarksville Mayor Val Swinton.

The mayor also said the city is meeting with engineers, the railroad, and several other groups in late October to find a solution to prevent this from happening a third time to residents.

FEMA will be in Clarksville later this week to assess the damage.

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