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Flood ruins holiday for Pines residents

By By Lydia Grimes
The residents who live at Pines Apartments on Jack Springs Road are used to seeing water stand in their yards when it rains, but nothing prepared them for what happened on the night of Dec. 14.
Forecasts were predicting some local flash flooding, but no one could imagine just how much rain would fall late in the afternoon.
Cynthia Cooper, who has been a resident of the apartments for four years, was on the phone talking to her sister in Georgia when she was asked about the rain and whether there was any flooding in her area.
Cooper said that her son didn’t believe how high the water was, but he decided that he better check anyway.
Phyllis Brown, a resident of the Pines for the past three years, had an apartment full of relatives, while it was raining late last Monday afternoon. She said she was watching the water rise, but that is not so unusual.
Patricia Bradley, who lives next door and whose husband is disabled, said she didn’t know for a while where everybody was.
There are several families who live in the apartments and they have lost a lot of things. They may not have the merriest Christmas this year, and all of them could use some help. Without exception, they all say, that even though most of them live on a fixed income, they are thankful that they are all OK.