Everman residents still seeking answers on recovery months after devastating flooding

People living in the Tarrant County city of Everman still have concerns months after flooding seriously damaged more than 60 homes.

It's been five months since the city declared a local state of disaster.

On Saturday, local, state, and federal representatives met with residents to provide answers and assistance.

Many residents said they still haven’t fully recovered after those floods destroyed their homes and livelihoods.

“We need help,” Everman resident Rachel Chambers said. “We’ve got to do something. We’re losing our town. We’re losing the value of our land, our homes. How many times can you rebuild a home? Your losses? What you make a living with?”

When flood waters rushed around Chambers’ property in Everman last September, she lost more than 200 animals on her farm and much of her livelihood.

“I lost lots of my animals. I haven’t found a lot of them. They’re gone, my equipment. I’m going into five months. I still don’t have trucks running, tractors going,” she said.

Residents had a foot or more of water in their homes, losing family heirlooms and valuables.

And though the September flood was some of the worst they’ve seen, residents say flooding keeps happening.

“We just need to have a means to capture that water in a way that it won’t affect all of us this way. I’m near retirement, I can’t - that’s my home place, that’s where I raised all my children,” Everman resident Amy Crow said.

State and federal representatives met with residents to provide updates on natural disaster assistance for their community.

“We learned that from Hurricane Harvey, and so what we learned from the large major metropolitan areas like Houston, we need to make sure those types of disaster responses work for small cities like Everman and Forest Hill,” State Representative Nicole Collier said.

U.S. Representative Marc Veasey represents that area of Tarrant County, and says the state is finalizing their application for federal funds from FEMA to help, but there’s no timeline on when those funds might be approved.

“I would tell the residents here, they’ve been patient long enough. They want answers and I completely understand that, and hopefully we’ll get them those answers soon,” Veasey said.

Though there’s no timeline for federal assistance, representatives are encouraging residents to call their offices for updates.