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The town of Kimball will never forget the flood of 2001

The town of Kimball will never forget the flood of 2001

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 A day of havoc for most of Southern West Virginia becomes a lifetime of memories no one will forget.

The small community of Kimball was one of the most effected areas. The Mayor said he remembers it like it was yesterday.

"I remember a 1,000 gallon oil drum floating down the middle of the street. I don't think anybody ever really recovers form something like that," Mayor Randolph DeLoatch said.

The flood that hit southern
West Virginia in 2001 destroyed homes, businesses and even washed away City hall in Kimball.

Along with dozens of other people in Kimball, one restaurant owner has been scarred for life after the flood waters nearly demolished her family business that's been there since the 191940's
"I think about it every day and absolutely I woke up that morning and it was any normal day and that evening the town was changed, I was changed and my life was changed forever," Markella Jianato said.

Mud and debris were left after the flood was gone and it took months to get the town back in working order..

To make matters worse, the town saw another flood just 9 months later, leaving people feeling hopeless.

Some people have used the flood as a learning experience.

"It made me a better person, it made me appreciate what I have, it made me appreciate family and friends, it made me see things more clearly," Markella Jianato said.