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The great deluge: One year after flooding rains hit Johnson City/Wash. Co. recovery nearly complete for most

August 5th, 2013 9:42 am by Rex Barber, NET News service

The great deluge: One year after flooding rains hit Johnson City/Wash. Co. recovery nearly complete for most

Top left shows the gutted home of Bill and Wanalynn Chapman soon after the August flood. Right shows their home as it is today. Bottom left shows the road up to Buffalo Mountain Camp. Bottom right is the road as it is today. (Ron Campbell/Johnson City Pre

Muriel Perry Jr. tells people he meets that this past year has been both the best and worst year of his life.

The bad began one year ago today. Around 6 p.m. that day the greatest deluge Johnson City/Washington County residents have seen in recent memory practically destroyed the county’s Dry Creek community and turned some city neighborhoods into shallow lakes and their roads into raging rapids.

“It was pretty bad. Water right there was two feet deep,” Perry said, pointing to his driveway while standing on the front porch of his nearly-finished new home on Orlando Drive.

Perry’s home is one of two dozen new houses built by Appalachian Service Project in the wake of the Aug. 5, 2012 storm that dumped an estimated 6 or so inches of water in a matter of hours on the city and southern end of the county.

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