Flooding damages historic church, traps homeowner in Cottontown
COTTONTOWN, Tenn. —
Flash flooding in Cottontown surrounded a 200-year-old church and left a homeowner trapped Friday morning.
Station Camp Creek took over Melodie Crook's house when water levels rose early in the morning.
"You could not get off the porch because water was faster than that, and if you stepped off the porch it probably would've swept you away," Crook said.
With water rushing into the house and surrounding her truck, a rescue boat was the only way out.
"They brought the raft, and I got in the wrong and they took me back to the water in around the field and over to dry land," Crook said.
By mid morning, the road to Station Camp Baptist Church was finally passable.
"The church--there was water all around it," said Church Member Darcy Binson. "It's not in the sanctuary."
Dozens of church members stopped by to get a look at the damage.
"The main building is good," said Caretaker Donna Dorris. "It's just the children's fellowship hall. There's mud. There's damage to their playground equipment storage building. That's gone."
John Conyer said it's the third time in seven years the family farm at the corner of Cummings Lane has been damaged by flooding.
"We're wondering if so much development has happened in lower Station Camp Creek Road that something's been affected," said Conyer. "Is water damming up or not draining like it used to? Maybe the creek beds need to be cleaned out."
Established in 1796, Station Camp Baptist hopes to survive when and if the next flood hits.
"I just think it makes you stronger, a lot stronger, and you do appreciate what you have," Dorris said.
Since this low lying land is in a flood plain, the church and homeowners told Fox 17 they can't afford flood insurance. They plan to clean up and make repairs.