Cherokee County residents trying to recover after historic flooding


CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ala (WIAT)– Many Cherokee County residents are displaced due to flooding.

Several areas around Weiss Lake, as well as homes, campers, boats, boat docks, and homes are partially under water or fully submerged.

The Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency says the water has reached historic flooding levels. You can see the interview with the EMA in this Facebook Live.

Public Information Officer Joey Weaver says 11 families are being served at the EMA and American Red Cross shelter, but they expect that number to grow over the week.

Weaver says the water is expected to rise another 1-2 feet over next week.

Monday morning and afternoon, those impacted were coming out to survey the damage.

“This is the worst I’ve ever seen it,” says resident Ricky Phillips. 

Phillips says he’s lived in Cherokee County for over 10 years.

Residents say the water level is 8 feet higher than usual.

Melissa Johnson says she and her family moved their RV before the waters began to rise.

“We’ve never seen anything like it,” says Johnson.

Johnson says the community is coming together to help one another.

“We’ve been helping everybody out, and everyone that’s here in the campground has been great. They’re all coming together as a family and that’s how it should be.”

Tow Boat US is also assisting people who are looking to retrieve items from the waters. Chris Day took a few people out on a jetski to help.

Day was helping Phillips, but like many others, Phillips is still facing issues while trying to recover.

“There’s not much I can do right now, just gotta wait until the water recedes, and see if I can get my boat out and see how much damage is done.”

Day also says he’s encountered more snakes than usual.

To see more of the flooding at Weiss Lake, watch the video below.

We also spoke with a few residents who were cleaning out their campers at Cedar Point. Watch the Facebook Live here.

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