May 4, 2010

MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Across West Tennessee the flood levels are starting to come down after the weekend storms, but in Dyersburg and Millington flooding is still a major problem.

The Millington Naval Base was one of the hardest parts of town hit.

David Crenshaw with Naval Support Activity Mid-South said about 5,000 call the base home, and that nearly every building on property was damaged.

“It came through and began flooding in our Cape Heart Enlisted Housing, by the afternoon the entire base was pretty much under water,” said Crenshaw. “We don’t know when we’re going to be able to fully reopen, that’s going to be piecemeal and its going to depend on as buildings open up and what shape they are in.”

No loss of life and no major injuries were reported, but while the flooding water here is gone the marks of Mother Nature’s blast are still very apparent.

At the naval base more than 100 cars and trucks were left abandoned. The flood waters were at least 4 feet high as people in the vehicles got out to try and save their own lives.

The clean up across the state continues, and Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris said federal aid is coming to west Tennessee to help in the process.

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