By COLLEEN MCCARTHY
You can still see the water line on the side of Minnie Rogersâ house on W. Main St. where the flood waters from Wednesdayâs storms rose above the porch and right through her front door.
Rogers, 69, returned home from the store Wednesday night to find flood water already in her house. She, her daughter and grandson were forced to leave and arenât sure when theyâll be able to return.
âI canât come back home anytime soon, and that hurts a lot,â Rogers said. âI didnât have a fancy house, but it was clean. It just hurts now because Iâve got nothing now.â
Though the water has since receded, there were several inches of water inside the house Wednesday night. The floors are severely damaged throughout the house and furniture is still soaking wet. The electricity was still out on Thursday.
Rogers had never had a problem with flooding in the past. She believes that the cause was the construction that is going on in front of her house. The drainage ditch that runs alongside Main St. is filled with dirt. Rogers does not have flood insurance.
âIâve got insurance on my house, but I never thought Iâd need flood insurance,â Rogers said. âI imagine a lot of people didnât because weâve never had this problem.â
Oktibbeha-Starkville Emergency Response Volunteer Services (OSERVS) provided Rogers with a hotel room for three nights, as well as blankets, food and comfort kits. Unfortunately, at this time there isnât much else they can do.
âWe have a limit of three nights that we can provide a motel,â Becky Wilkes from OSERVS said. âTheyâre worried because theyâre not sure what theyâre going to do after those three days are up.â
OSERVS is accepting donations for Rogers and her family.
âAll I can say is I need help,â she said. âI need help and I donât know who to turn to.â