Arlene Mattis


Written Memory


October 7, 2015


The wall of water came and our car stopped. We climbed into another car. Car started to float. We climbed out to top of car just when a log broke out windshield. We jumped on a small building - then a bigger shed - it broke in half just as we all five got on the bigger house. We rode that till it wedged against other houses. Just poured rain all night. We finally broke a window in attic and all got inside. Water as high as the roofs. National Guard picked us up in the morning. What a day. We shall never forget.



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