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Columbia County Man's Home Destroyed By Mother Nature

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The past 48 hours have been a nightmare for one Columbia County family.


Geanie Drawdy says, "It breaks my heart and there is really nothing you can do, but help."


This family is left with no choice but to pack what's salvageable of their belongings.

Because of the recent flooding, their family home of 40 years is ruined by mother nature.


Flood victim, Edward Udell says, “At that time it collapsed inside. Prior to that, we had two foot of opening. At the top, so the water was still flowing, the water starting coming up fast."



So fast, it put Edward Udell and his family in danger.


Courtney Elledge reporting, "The water started coming in so fast, the family says they had to evacuate through this window in order to get to higher and safe grounds."


As a wounded veteran, Udell says he doesn't want people to feel sorry for him, he's not asking for help-- he only wants the county update the 20 year old pipe systems by his house. He says if they would've done so-- this would've never happened. 



Udell says," The drainage system in this neighborhood, is the same as it was when Belair Road was two lanes. When they widened the four lane, they didn't upgrade anything. We have all the extra water coming through here. All the property owners, they suffer."


Edward Udell does have flood insurance, however it doesn’t cover everything he needs. He says FEMA evaluated his home with having 45,000  worth of damage. What's worse? Some items are irreplaceable. Like his deceased sons, belongings. His sadness and loss, is attracting help from neighbors.


Udell says, “I would do it anyway. And for the viewers out there, if you can help, help. I know he's not the only one that's a flood victim out there. There's so many out there, I wish I could help him all, but he comes first.


The Udell family has no choice but to find a new home. In the mean time they say they'll cherish each memory.


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