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Residents Reflect on Hurricane Ivan

Updated: Tuesday, September 17 2013, 07:52 PM EDT

By Jennifer Black


Tuesday marked the nine-year anniversary of Hurricane Ivan's drastic ripple effect of severe flash flooding across some areas of the Ohio Valley.

It was a time that left several residents in Brooke County dealing with high water and headaches.

Paul Foder and his wife, who live in Mckinleyville said they still have photos of the damage to look back on, but the images are still fresh in their minds.

“I've never seen our buffalo creek so high in my life.  It was a raging river, just sweeping everything in our path.  It was amazing,” Foder said.

While the Foders' home did not have to be condemned, they did suffer loss.

“[We lost a] double-wide garage.  We had a snow blower, rototiller, lawn mowers.  Everything to take care of 3 1/2 acres of our ground. Then we lost trees,” Foder said.

Tuesday afternoon, Foder was back to her norm of jarring tomato juice in her kitchen, as she looked around the room, she recalled the sights of Sept. 17, 2004.

“There was about 10 feet of water,” Foder recalled.

Nine years later, the Foders admit their house is not what it once was, but regardless, they are counting their blessings.

“We never really finished it, but that's alright.  It's as a nice roof over our heads and I’m grateful for that,” Foder said.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency provided the Foders with an RV to live in while they made repairs to their home, but the couple is still hoping to one day receive some additional financial assistance.

The storm caused an estimated $18 billion in damage in the United States.


Residents Reflect on Hurricane Ivan

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