Damon Fields sat on his front porch in a sour mood Monday afternoon.

With many of his possession scattered out on his front lawn, he sat and smoked a cigarette while he surveyed his property.

"This is ridiculous," he said. "We lost everything."

The worst part about it all was that Fields' insurance wasn't going to cover the damage. Because he lived in the downtown area, on the Corner of Eighth Street and Ohio, his home was not considered a flood zone.

Fields, 34, a life-long resident of Jeffersonville, said he had never seen the water as high as it was Saturday, when a powerful storm system that began Friday dropped an estimated 7 inches of rain on already saturated ground.

Fields' neighborhood was among the worst in Jeffersonville. It always floods in this area, he said, but this is the worst it has ever been.

Fields was among many others in the neighborhood and across Southern Indiana and Kentucky who have spent their time since then cleaning up the mess that the storm left.

Harold Plummer, director of Clark County Emergency Management, said it would take his agency another week to go through all the damage reports. The worst of the damage seemed to be in the city of Jeffersonville, he said, though the problems could be seen across the county.

As opposed to the 1997 flood, the Ohio River wasn't the problem. People living on low lying streets or near creeks and streams fared the worst, he said, because of the nature of the storm. The rain came down too fast for drainage systems to handle it.

Clark County Commissioners President Ed Meyer said, despite the amount of damage that was seen, a disaster area will not likely be declared. "As bad as it was, it seemed like people handled it pretty well," he said.

The storms started Friday evening and carried on into the night. There was a brief break Saturday morning but more heavy rain fell before the afternoon ended. There were reports both Friday and Saturday of vehicle rescues, evacuations and other emergency operations in Clark and Floyd counties.

Throughout the Louisville metropolitan area, four Red Cross shelters were opened - two of which were in Indiana. Across the area, about 140 people sought refuge at the shelters, said Amber Youngblood, spokeswoman for the Louisville chapter of American Red Cross. The shelters closed around noon Sunday after the worst of the storm had moved out of the area, she said. Those needing assistance can call the Red Cross at 800-696-3873

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