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Sep 14, 2013 11:53 PM by Tony Spehar -

Residents along Cheyenne Creek prepare for more flooding

Those living in the Broadmoor Park neighborhood around Cheyenne Creek spent Saturday preparing for the possibility of more flooding after severe storms sent water rushing over the creek's banks earlier this week.

Cheyenne Road was closed indefinitely on Saturday between Cresta Road and May Street because of concerns about more flooding and to provide parking space for heavy equipment brought in to do flood prevention work. Excavator machines were driven into the rushing waters and used to dig out sediment to clear space for water flow and what was removed from the creek was piled on its banks to create barriers. Concrete walls were also trucked in to shore up the banks of the creek and direct water away from homes.

Residents living beside the creek grabbed their shovels and went to work trying to build their one protective walls to keep their homes from flooding once again.

"We had about six-inches of standing water throughout the entire house," said Arin Teter, who lives on Cheyenne Road. "Then after that it looks like some of the floors are starting to sink and the basement's flooded."

In front of Teter's home piles of sand were dropped off for the entire neighborhood to use to fill sandbags.

"It's actually kind of weird because we're actually kind of getting to know our neighbors now that we just kind of drove by and waved at," Teter explained.

Those who luckily avoided damage from the previous flooding volunteered their time to help by stacking sand bags and building barriers to protect houses. Jared Maddox lives on higher ground and came down to the creek with others to help, though he didn't know if the work they did on Saturday could hold against a flood the size of the one that struck on Thursday.

"Based on where the water was coming before we're building this dike to try to save these people from worse damage," Maddox said, pointing to a home on Stratton Avenue. "But if it gets to where it was I mean this is nothing, but what else do you do?"

The home Maddox was trying to save has belonged to Andi Chernushin since 1991, she said she'd never experience flooding at the level she's seen this week.  The bridge on Stratton Avenue that leads to her neighborhood has suffered structural damage and has been closed to vehicle traffic.

"My basement is filled to the ceiling and I've got a washer and dryer that are bubbling and bouncing," she described. "A big chunk of my life is gone."

But the darkening skies and a weather forecast that called for more heavy rain left her and her neighbors no time to grieve with so much work to be done.

"It's terrifying, this water, it's scary," Chernushin said emotionally. "Just thanks to everybody that's helped us."

Representative from the Red Cross and FEMA were on scene on Saturday to provide supplies and advice on how to deal with another round of flooding. Thunderstorms and heavy rain are possibly in the next few days.


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