UPDATE: House Swept Away In Mason County Flood Waters; Volunteers Helping Victim

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UPDATE 7/24/13 @ 6:55 p.m.
GALLIPOLIS FERRY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Martha Murphy of Gallipolis Ferry hasn't moved in years. But after Friday's flash flooding, her house sure did.

"I heard this loud popping noise and I looked out, and my home was floating behind the garage," Murphy said. "It didn't swerve, it just floated."

The home looks like it's nestled in the brush on her property. If you look closely, though, it had a violent stop. The corner of the house was damaged by a tree.

"Well, there's no sense crying about it," Murphy said. "It's not going to help."

But Murphy is hoping for some community help to get her house and her life upright after Friday's raging flash flood.

"I've called for help about the road," she said. "I don't know what I need to move the house to higher ground. It's just been overwhelming."

Murphy had some teenage volunteers on a mission assignment from St. Albans. More than a dozen teenagers from Highlawn Baptist Church worked Wednesday to help clear her property of debris.

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ORIGINAL STORY 7/22/13
GALLIPOLIS FERRY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The last thing some people in Mason County, W.Va., need to hear is the threat of more high water.

"It's been a crazy season. It seems like nonstop rain," said Paul Donahew. "When in rains hard, I just make sure we have enough food or water so we're taken care of."

Donahew lives along Crab Creek in southern Mason County. That Gallipolis Ferry community was hard hit by flash flooding Friday night.

"It rained for less than an hour, but it's changed a lot of lives. I've lived here more than 20 years and never seen anything like it," said Randy Searls.

Searls and his family have spent the last several days cleaning up after the powerful water rushed through their property late Friday night. But it wasn't until the next day when he realized just how devastating Mother Nature could be.

"We were out getting cleaning supplies when my wife yelled, 'Stop,' " Searls said. "I stopped in the road and looked and she said, 'Our neighbors home is gone,' and I looked and she was right. It wasn't there. I backed up and went up the driveway, and there she stood with tears in her eyes up on the hill, and everything was gone."

That home, floating off its foundation more than 600 feet away, came to rest after hitting a tree. The woman who lived there was able to escape before it floated away.

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