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Outlook residents dealing with the aftermath of a flood caused by broken levee

Megan Martinez mother of three may no longer have to deal with a lake on her front yard.

But now she's trying to figure out who will pay for the damage done to her home.

“It's leading into extra cost, expenses for our family and you know it's very frustrating," said Megan Martinez.

Just last week water flooded neighborhoods in the Outlook area after a levee broke at a nearby dairy field.

It’s still not clear why that levee broke, but when it did it released water combined with manure into several homes.

Ever since a water advisory not to drink water has been put in place.

Residents now playing the waiting game as they wait to hear for water results from state officials.

“It's always on the back of your mind you know, is it safe to shower at this point we don't know," added Martinez.

Adding to that, her biggest fear is the safety of her children.

"We do have to be extra careful I kind of just been doing sponge baths," said Martinez.

Martinez not sure of the amount of damage caused just yet, but said some is starting to show.

"Essential air system some of our vents aren't working so we know some of the dock work test does come down from the home," said Martinez.

Overall, she just wants someone to take responsibility

"We woke up one morning to a lake on our property and it's not fair it's very upsetting," said Megan Martinez.  

and provide the help to fix the damages caused by the flood.

The State Department of Agriculture is currently testing water collected from the community and private wells.

One sample from the first round of tests did appear to be contaminated with coliform bacteria.

But state officials said two more samples will be tested to determine if they will lift the advisory or proceed with a well clean-up plan.

As for the damage caused to homes, state officials said no resources are available unless the home owner has flood insurance.


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