Community Members Assist, Clear Spring Residents Cope with the Flood Aftermath


CLEAR SPRING, Md. - Flash flooding caused major problems last week in the small town of Clear Spring, and residents are still recovering from the damage.

"I don't know really. Just confusion until you actually see what water does. It's unbelievable," says Grailing Mills, an affected resident.

Clear Spring is a tight knit community, so when neighbors saw each other in a great time of need, there was an immediate outpouring of support, something residents say is helping them cope through this disaster.

High school sports teams, inmates, family, neighbors, and friends all banded together in lending a hand.

Cumberland Street and Mulberry Street were two of the main streets that showed visible and noticeable damage.

"Just waiting to get back into my home. I want to move back. I miss my family," says Carolee Martin, resident that was affected.

Since the flood, business has been slow. However, business owners say they are grateful they were not completely washed out.

"Could've been a lot worse. I feel bad for everyone who lost everything," says Ted Hovermale, business owner.

Community members have been helping residents day and night, something they do not plan on giving up anytime soon.

"I have a great support team, family, friends and just being in a small town like this. You have help and support everywhere you look. That's one good thing about Clear Spring; we're
tight knit," says Stephanie Repp, resident that was affected.

"I'm on the first floor and I had probably a foot of water in my apartment and my basement was totally under, and were probably able to get half of our belongings out," says Krista Puffenberger, resident that was affected.

It's damage residents say they have not seen in a long time, but only time and patience will heal the pain.

A public meeting was held Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Clear Spring Fire Company Activities Building. The Clear Spring community, Washington County government members, the American Red Cross, Washington County Emergency Services, and several federal organizations attended.

This gave residents a chance to voice their concerns and to have an idea of recovery progress. Topics included: individual assistance, insurance claims, and which houses are inhabitable or not.

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