PELHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – People who live along Chandalar Court in Pelham are tossing out soaked carpet, one piece at a time.
Sterling Noble is working non-stop to restore his home to what it was like before Monday morning’s flood.
“I sat there and watched it come in. It just made me want to throw up, like I was physically sick,” Noble said. “The people who I rent from have flood insurance to cover the property, but all of my personal stuff is in this pile.”
Neighbors throw everything from soggy books to ruined furniture into several large piles on the side of the road. George Kakoliris lives down the street from Noble. He, too, sat at the top of his stairs as the flood waters gushed in.
“We had it happen four years ago, but it wasn’t this bad,” Kakoliris said.
Kakoliris said his home was not in a designated flood zone until 2012, when FEMA redrew the flood lines. Now, he has flood insurance to cover his property damage.
Servpro clean-up and restoration crews are in Pelham and Birmingham from neighboring states. One crew from Panama City, Fla., worked inside houses along Chandalar Court Thursday.
For Noble, his goal is simple.
“Clean up and rebuild,” Noble said, “What else can you do?”