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Community still struggling to recover after floods

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Two years after the floods, one community is being hit a second time.

Damage from the Nashville flood has left River Glen in Donelson in desperate need of repair. And now residents are scrambling to save their neighborhood before it too goes under.

"You can see the cracks. It's kind of dangerous for children and people who want to walk," Home Owner Association President Pam Miller said.

When Miller moved to River Glen 12 years ago, it was a beautiful, middle class community full of promise. Now she said on just about every corner there's a painful reminder of what once was.

"It came up over the fence and it reached this high on my fence," Miller described the damage to her home.

May 2010, flood waters ripped through the neighborhood, causing sinkholes and washing away common areas and bridges. The damage was so extensive, dozens of homeowners were forced out and many houses were boarded up.

"We're seeing a lot of bankruptcy, a lot of people their homes being foreclosed," Miller said.

And while some homeowners had flood insurance or federal assistance to repair their homes, Miller said the city told her, "There were no funds that you could apply for to fix erosion issues."

So the HOA ended up footing the bill. The association paid to fill the sinkholes to the tune of $16,000, wiping out its coffers. So now the community's reaching out to area colleges.

"Hiring an engineering firm to look at the areas that have the erosion would be very expensive for us. So what we'd like to find a college class an engineering class that would be willing to come out and look at those areas of erosion and help us develop a game plan to halt the erosion, repair and prevent it," Miller said.

Without their help Miller fears their dreams will be washed away with the flood waters.

"The neighborhood just goes downhill and it just becomes a slum looking place. And we don't want that. We don't want that," Miller added.

The Home Owner's Association is also raising it dues. The rate is going from $6.50 a month to $12/month.

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