Amid tragedy, miracles, too

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Bill Clark, a retired telephone company employee, has lived in a nice white house on Stony Creek Road near two creeks for 54 years. Floodwaters had gotten into his yard, but never into his house until Friday afternoon.

He and his wife, Bonnie, had just gotten up from taking a nap and were sitting in the living room.

"There had been a lot of thunder and lightning, and we heard this loud cracking and I said that hit pretty close," he said. "We could hear the rain hitting the vinyl siding, and then it let up. And all at once I heard this roaring, and I didn't know if it was rain or the creek. We're pretty used to hearing this creek running pretty heavy."

He walked to the front door, opened it and saw a wall of water breaking over the top of their 1999 Chevrolet Lumina.

"I said, 'Oh, Lord, honey, come here,' and she came and looked and went all to pieces. I got her up on the bed and then a (house) window busted and you could see water rolling through."

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