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West Liberty Residents Drying Out After Flood

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The Red Cross handed out clean-up kits in West Liberty today for people affected by flooding. The aftermath is leaving families with no choice, but to dry out as best as they can.  For many of us the fourth of July is either  about cooking out or enjoying fireworks with family and friends, but for Pedro Palma  today is all about helping his sister clean up the mess the flood left behind.

"It happens once a year, but not as bad as we got it this year," said Palma.  

Palma lives right across the street from his sister and because his house sits on higher ground, it went untouched.  His sister on the other hand wasn't as lucky.  

"Her boiler got probably a foot high of water. Her wall went through a foot of water on the outside of the house. All that water got inside too. They're going to have to work on the drywall," said Palma.  

The heavy rains caused a nearby creek to rise out of its banks and spill into the streets.

"It came this high and that isn't normal. Last year it was low. The water didn't go in my house." Kevin Martinez, Palma's nephew said. "We  threw shoes away, sandals, notebooks, pencils, clothes."

Just a few days later, Palma says the family is taking safety precautions.

"This morning we've been working sandbagging to try to prevent the water from coming in from the front door," said Palma.  

Even though they aren't spending the holiday cooking out like they usually do,  they're just happy to have each other.

"We manage to work everything out. We stick together," Palma said.  

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