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Vernonia Fire help pump water out of church basement

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VERNONIA, OR (KPTV) -

While much of the water has receded, there's still some standing water in town and around homes in Vernonia.

Many residents have experienced flooding before during major, destructive flooding in 2007 and 1996. People FOX 12 spoke with said this flood is not as bad but it's still tough to go through.

Water was about knee-high in the basement of Grace Family Fellowship.

Church leaders don't really store much in the basement because of past floods. They were worried the water might reach two furnaces down there but thankfully it did not.

Two sump pumps were no match for the water, so Vernonia firefighters brought over some heavy duty equipment to help pump out the water.

Church leaders said they've seen examples of people helping others around town on Wednesday.

"The anxiety is still there. It's not going to be forgotten for a long time, those two floods. So when the waters start to rise, people still get pretty scared. But the community effort of being there, ready to help and respond, that's irreplaceable. That hasn't left either," said Pastor Greg McCallum.

The Nehalem River crested at about 14 1/2 feet early Wednesday morning, that's 2 1/2 feet above flood stage.

In 2007, flood waters destroyed a school in Vernonia when the river crested at 19 feet.

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