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Funkstown cleans up after flooding from storms

June 30, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

FUNKSTOWN

Pat Patterson and his wife, Beverly, spent Thursday hosing off their outdoor decorations and waiting for their shed to dry out in Antietam Village.

"Everything's back to normal," Pat Patterson said less than two days after Antietam Creek flooded the mobile home park where the couple lives.

The creek remains 2 to 3 feet higher than normal, Beverly Patterson said.

"We got electric back on about 9 last night," said Betty Marshall, who lives across from the Pattersons. "Hopefully, it will stay on."

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"I was just glad it didn't get up inside anybody's (mobile home), then this mud you see everywhere would have been inside," Marshall said. "We were fortunate."

Across the street, about a foot of water saturated the dining area, kitchen and ballroom of American Legion Post 211, said Gordon Cook, post commander.

Cook said about 20 volunteers were working Thursday to squeegee out water, and disinfect and mop the building.

One man with a tractor plowed the layer of sediment in the parking lot into the grass nearby, Cook said.

The post will have to throw away about $500 worth of food that might have been contaminated by the water, and has to wait for approval from the Washington County Health Department before it resumes normal social activities.

"I think it'll be through this weekend," Cook said. "I don't think there's permanent damage."

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