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Canyon County homeowners still cleaning up mess left by flood

Lori says almost everyone has received checks from the Canyon County emergency funds for repairs. The county did an assessment of the damage in each home and accounted for what homeowners already spent in repairs in order to decide how the money would be distributed. (KBOI Staff Photo)

It's been just over ten weeks since a pipe broke under a road in Canyon County, flooding more than 20 homes.

Lori Hardin, her husband Mike and their dog Moose have been sleeping in a trailer in their front yard ever since, trying to salvage what is left of their newly purchased home.

On Sunday night, the heater inside of their trailer gave out so they decided to sleep inside the house.

Lori says everyone in the neighborhood is making progress when it comes to repairs. Still she says practically none of the affected homeowners are able to live in their houses at this point.

"Things are moving very quickly. People are working six, seven days a week trying to get into their houses." said Lori. "We now have insulation, wall board in, paint is in. I've gotten the cabinets in the kitchen, no appliances no counter tops yet. We're working on getting a functioning bathroom so we can use that, so we're moving along."

Lori says almost everyone has received a check from the Canyon Highway District No. 4 for repairs. The county did an assessment of the damage in each home and accounted for what homeowners already spent in repairs in order to decide how the money would be distributed.

She says they are now waiting on insurance money to replace furniture and small appliances. Lori says there are some things that just can't be replaced.

"It's really upsetting that I cannot replace a lot of what I lost. There's no value," said Hardin. "Different memories and photos that are unique to each household."

Mike Hardin has done most of the work on his own and there's a lot more work to be done to make their home livable.

Lori says nobody has advised them against consuming the water coming out of their pipes, but they have decided to hold off after frequently testing it themselves.

"It comes back good and then it comes back contaminated," she said. "We want a good six months positive, clean water before we actually use it for cooking or drinking."

She says the neighborhood could still benefit from things like bottled water and hot meals, but those types of donations have decreased over time.

Lori wants this event to remind everyone that emergencies do happen and everyone needs to be prepared.

"This experience has been overwhelming for a lot of the neighbors here," said Lori. "i really hope that the agencies that have been involved really learn from this experience."

Although it will take more time for things to get back to normal, Lori believes most of her neighbors will be back in their homes in the next few weeks.



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