Water levels on Savannah River going down, causing damage in many areas

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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, July 24, 2013

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- "If you can look down at the floor, you can see that it's the mud, the silt," said Brenda Mills-Lockee, whose home sits on the Savannah River.

Add a musty smell to the equation.

"It does leave a smell, and that molds in there," she said.

And you're left with major water damage.

The water has since receded, but the headache still lingers for Mills-Lockee.

"The water goes up under the cabinets, not in the cabinets, but up under the cabinets, we don't get it all out, that's there and it's growing mold," she said.

Her home was flooded with 2 feet of water just weeks ago.

"We go in there and we put everything we can on top of cement blocks," she said.

Now it's dry and lifeless -- a huge side effect from living just feet from the Savannah River.

"We're not ready to clean right now because we're not sure if it's not going to happen again," Mills-Lockee said.

That's the thought in everyone's head up and down the river.

A yard in North Augusta that was underwater just weeks ago is now high and dry. The marina is back open after being closed due to major flooding.

"It's still up maybe about a foot and a half, 2 feet, but it's definitely come down," said Tonya Bonitatibus with the Savannah Riverkeeper.

But on the flip side, she's saying the water could always come back.

"If the river comes up, and it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when, when that water comes up next time, what could you do to make it so it didn't get into your area?" she said.

It's a difficult question to answer for Mills-Lockee. But in the meantime, she's doing what she needs to do to get back home.

"We had water in our house; we're going to wash it all out and clean it up," said Mills-Lockee.

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