PETERSTOWN, WV (WVNS) — Little did Julie White know that the rainfall from April 15-16 of 2018 would sink her Peterstown property underwater.
“We didn’t really think anything of it until 3:30 this morning,” White said. “My husband opened the door to go to work and there was a river in our front yard… There was wood floating everywhere. There’s grills floating everywhere… We didn’t know where our trash cans were.”
The water was so high, it totaled all three of the family’s vehicles. Two of them were bought within the past month.
“Right now, we have to get rental vehicles,” White said. “But in the long run, we’re going to need vehicles.”
Their shed was washed off of its foundation to within one foot of the front porch. Although both are in one piece, the damage has already been done.
“It was definitely a shock for all of us,” White said. “We get flood warnings all the time. But we never expected to wake up to a river in our front yard.”
Although insurance will cover the cars and a few other things, White still has peace of mind, knowing that everyone is okay.
“It’s just material stuff,” White said. “The family’s safe and that’s all we’re worried about right now, because they can’t be replaced.”
White advises everyone to take all flood warnings seriously, no matter where you live.