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Major Flooding in Canal Woods After Tropical Storm Michael

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Flooded homes in the Canal Woods community. (WBOC/Tom Lehman) Flooded homes in the Canal Woods community. (WBOC/Tom Lehman)

SALISBURY, Md.- As the remnants of tropical storm Michael passed through Delmarva on Thursday night, the neighborhood of Canal Woods in south Salisbury felt the storm's effects. Some residents were forced to leave their homes after floodwaters rose and seeped into people's homes.

"I got up about 3-3:30 in the morning to get a drink of water and I put my feet on the carpet and it was wet. With in 45 minutes we had about a foot and a half of water. And right now, it's about waist high," said David Morgan, a homeowner in Canal Woods.
The pond in Morgan's backyard is now taking over the home he and his son has lived in for the past 10 years.

"There's usually about three maybe four feet of space between the bottom of the bridge and the water and as of now, the water's going on top of the bridge," Morgan said.

But he adds, this unfortunately is nothing new.

"It's sad to say, it's just kind of becoming a routine now," Morgan said.
Morgan's home has flooded three times in the past three years. He said the city of Salisbury isn't taking responsibility.

"Nothing's changed in Canal Woods in the past 20 years and I find it hard to believe it's our fault this keeps happening," he said.

Other sections of Canal Woods are also seeing damage. Cheryl Prestow moved her son into an apartment in the neighborhood less than six weeks ago.

"When we purchased [the apartment] the first thing we thought was, 'My gosh, it's been there for 43 years. Canal Woods is a beautiful area it can't possibly happen again.'"

But this is the reality they now face, carrying out items they just moved in.

"I'm glad my children are safe. I'm glad they had enough sense to unplug everything that's electrical knowing their feet would be in water," Prestow said.


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