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Marion County Leap Day Flood Remembered One Year Later
Written by Tom Kippen
Last updated on March 01, 2013 @ 8:10PM
Created on March 01, 2013 @ 8:01PM
 
For a  number of Marion County residents, especially in East Fairmont, it's been a long road to recovery after the floods on February 29th 2012. 
 
"We didn't get to move back in until September, took about six months to get the house ready to move back into and were still not finished, still got things to do" Said Yvonne Yow, Flood Victim. 
 
Yvonne Yow who's house is off Bunners Ridge Road in Marion County went under water in about three hours. She remembers how in just a matter of time her life was changed forever. 
 
"It was really bad, of course it was February and the water was very cold, we were all in the yard trying to move things out so we didn't loose them. When it started coming in my house I couldn't think straight then" Said Yow. 
 
It's been a long year for Yow, but she said the toughest part for her over the last year was during the holidays. 
 
"Christmas was very hard, I had a lot of decorations, we saved a few, but the majority of them were gone"  Said Yow
 
Alan Baker also had issues on February 29th he remembers that night as water came up behind his garage and flooded it. 
 
"I had to get another freezer and my refrigerator I threw away, and you can see the rest of the stuff in the garage is piled up" Said Baker
 
Marion County officials also learned from the February 29th flood, their lesson was to be better prepared
 
"We're better prepared to handle, we have places for people to go too and get equipment to them like water, first aid and the red cross. The communications with different areas in the county, we are better prepared now" Said Butch Tennant Marion County Commissioner 
 
"No Flood Insurance" said Yow
 
In most flood cases the home owner does not have flood insurance. Flood insurance is an easy addition to the home owners policy so you are not stuck with the bill. 
 
"Flood insurance would be extremely important to have because it's excluded under almost all home owner policies" Said Randy Parks Insurance Agent 
 
Maybe the biggest lesson from the flood is the items we hold close to ourselves.
 
"Its said we lost a lot of our mementos but no one got hurt that's the main thing said" Yow

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