Clean up continues after storms in Southwest Idaho

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Clean up continues after storms in Southwest Idaho

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by Stephanie Zepelin

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KTVB.COM

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 6 at 11:18 PM

OWYHEE COUNTY -- Thursday night's round of storms caused quite a bit of flooding. We got a first-hand look at some of the damage.

By looking at the Anderson family's yard in Melba, it's hard to imagine what it once was full of flowers and grass with horses roaming around. Friday, it looked much different even after they spent all day cleaning up.

"When we came home, we had a river coming down our driveway washing everything," said homeowner Robbin Anderson. "Everything was just going down the driveway, mud and everything from the neighbors, the sagebrush, everything just coming down the driveway."

The Andersons' family friend Ruth Burtcher found out about the damage on Facebook and came to help.

"When I pulled up today to bring them food, I started crying because I was like, 'Oh my gosh, that is not the yard that I remember!" Burtcher said.  "I remember the beautiful garden. I remember the green grass. I remember the fence. I remember the horses, and it's all gone."
   
Anderson said Thursday night she felt like she was standing on the bank of the Boise river. Friday, the clean up began.

"I was just overwhelmed," said Anderson. "I don't know where to start. You just don't know where to start."

Without flood insurance, very little of the damage will be covered.

"I've already cried," she said. "Crying doesn't do any good. This is country life. You gotta buck up and take the punches and roll with the punches and just go on. Life goes on."

The Andersons are grateful to the friends who come to help, and grateful the family is OK.

"We are always thankful for our family," Anderson said. "We're thankful that we still have a house. I mean it could have been a lot worse; it could have flooded our house. So we still have our home and my kids are safe, and that's what really matters."

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