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Nov 10, 2020

Valley of Peace resident recounts flooding experience

On Monday night we showed you the plight of the Valley of Peace farmers – where thousands of plants were flatted by flood waters. The flood also affected a resident who lives near the farmlands and he lost all his belongings. Steven Vansickel has been living in the area for about five years and on Monday he recounted the frightening experiencing of how the waters crept up on him and flooded his home.


Steven Vansickel, Resident, Valley of Peace

“When Earl come we lost everything. Now we have cattle and they are way over there on a high hill and didn’t have much land for them. I have a high house over here on the river and I put it up fourteen feet above the ground before I built the house but this time it flooded – flooded clear all the way up and this fence was all under water and so it went down. This is two times in four years – Earl and Etta.”


Andrea Polanco

“What were you feeling at the moment you saw the water rising so high under your house?”


Steven Vansickel

“And you are in the house – and all that is around you is water. I called my worker and he and his brother came and got us and saved us and took us out in a canoe. But it is very scary when you see the water coming up the steps in your house and it keeps rising and rising. And you can see all around you is water but it comes so fast that you have no time – and just whew and it is there.”


Andrea Polanco

“Did you lose anything, Steve?”


Steven Vansickel

Steven Vansickel

“Yeah – I lost everything; furniture; everything is gone. We are going now out there. So, yes, we lost everything.”

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