La Grange families continue to recover from flooding

The southeast Texas city of La Grange continues to recover from historic flooding that damaged hundreds of homes Monday.

Charley Gimble said it took just two hours for flood waters to rise six feet inside his home. He's spent the past few days bent over a broom sweeping sludge. 

"It coats everything and it is a stinky sun of a gun," said Gimble. "Everything's gone." 

It's the aftermath of historic rainfall in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Gimble's home is one of hundreds damaged in La Grange when the Colorado River crested Monday. 

"No flood insurance and we lost everything in here," Gimble said. "A total of about $475,000."

Gimble and his wife Diane have lived here for 14 years. 

"We don't really know what we're going to do we're staying with friends in town," Gimble said. 

They could never have imagined what they're faced with now. Their home has been gutted. The only things they were able to save were some clothes and a handful of keepsakes like the dress his wife Diane wore on their wedding day. But with all the loss there's been a lot of love. Neighbors have been stopping by to help with the cleanup. 

"It's just great that so many people would do that for me," Diane said. 

As the Gimbles try and figure out whether they can stay in what was supposed to be their forever home they're trusting in their faith to get them through. 

"I want to stay but I don't think we can," Diane said. 

They're faking it one day at a time. Since the Gimbles don't have flood insurance, they're hoping to get some assistance from FEMA. 

A Major Disaster Declaration was issued here before Harvey made landfall and assistance would help them recover. A Go Fund Me account has also been set up for them. We'll have a link to that on our website. If you'd like to donate, click here.

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