Wednesday flooding brings back hurricane memories

By: Meredith Taylor
By: Meredith Taylor

August 31, 2006

After Wednesday night's downpour, one Augusta woman says she just can't take it anymore.

Storms flooded Regina Hurston's south Augusta home.

The water made a nasty mess, but also brought up an unwanted memory.

"And I was kind of scared to come in here because I was thinking, you know, all this water and electricity," she says.

The water also made it into a back bedroom.

She and her five children and two nephews started bringing everything to higher ground.

"I was telling them to get their stuff, maybe unplug their wires off the floor," she says.

Besides a mess to clean up and the threat of mildew and mold, Regina's even uneasier now because of the possibility of rain from Ernesto.

Regina moved here last year when FEMA helped her relocate from Florida. She moved here because of damage like this from Hurricane Frances and Jeanne.

Wednesday night's flooding got Regina thinking about the past.

"It was just kind of a reminder, it was just..."

A tough time this woman doesn't want her family to re-visit.

"It's not easy just picking up and re-doing stuff over again."

If your home floods and you feel you are in danger of being electrocuted, Battalion Chief Wayne Taylor with the Richmond County Fire Department says you can call 911 to have an engine come out and check on things.

You can also get good information in the Emergency Preparedness Guide on the Augusta government website.

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