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Neighbors help Thurman residents stranded by washouts

LaFlure said that in many places, culverts 6 to 8 feet in diameter had been washed out and ripped up by floodwaters.

"We're dealing with major issues," he said.

A stretch of South Garnet Lake Road remained a canyon Wednesday.

Wood said that neighbors had been seen walking through deep floodwaters to get to neighbors to offer help, bring in groceries, or check on their welfare.

"Everybody's finding ways to help others out," she said.

Wood said one man was driving a bucket loader around, filling in deep washouts on people's driveways so they could get out.

Also, people with access to nearby towns loaned their vehicles to those stranded on the other side of washouts, she added. Reports were heard of people leaving keys in the ignition for townspeople to use in an emergency.

Others were merely calling on folks they knew had medical issues to see if they were okay. Jean Coulard, president of the Thurman Emergency Squad, was one of those calling households. The emergency squad headquarters, however, was cut off from most of the townsfolk by washouts on High Street and other roadways.

Town officials said that the Thurman Town Hall basement was flooded with about a foot of water, and a sump pump was keeping the water level below a foot deep. The Harris House, which hosts various town functions, also had several feet of water in the basement, and a hallway was flooded, it was reported. She noted that boxes of records stored in the town basement, were all soaked, but she most of the documents were not vital.

Wood said that at one point Sunday morning, she saw a fish floundering in the roadway by the town hall, and a town employee threw it back into a nearby stream.

Sunday, Wood had been up since 6 a.m. wading up to her hips through floodwaters to surveying damage and trying to get in touch with people to see if they were okay.

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