November 30, 2020

Friends Rally to Help Local Flood Victim

Courtesy of The Lagrange Daily News

(Hogansville, GA) — Friends are rallying to help a 30-year-old Troup County man who lost everything including his home during last week’s torrential rains and flooding.

Brennan Taylor’s parents were visiting from Florida on Christmas Eve as Yellow Jacket Creek behind his home on Timberlake Trail in northern Troup County began to rise. They were cooking Christmas dinner — a ham, collard greens and black-eyed peas, he said.

Anna Kirkpatrick (L) and another friend clearing debris at Taylor's home earlier this week

Anna Kirkpatrick (L) and Brennan Taylor clearing debris at his home earlier this week

The creek has risen before, Taylor said. Sometimes the water laps at his doorways, but once the water started coming in his home Thursday, he knew he had a problem.

By the time the creek crested, the water was high enough inside his cabin to cover the doorknobs.

His bed was floating in the middle of his living room, and, needless today, the Christmas ham was ruined.

“It’s a humbling experience, that’s for sure,” Taylor says. “I never thought I’d be out of a place to lay my head, you know? The devastation is pretty overwhelming. I never thought I’d be looking for a place to live.”

One of Taylor’s friends, Anna Kirkpatrick, a Spanish teacher at LaGrange Academy who met Taylor through kayaking, said when she heard about the damage, she knew she had to do something.

Anna started an online fundraiser to help crowdsource money to help her friend.

Kirkpatrick is a 2011 graduate of Heard County High School. As of this morning the online fundraiser has accumulated more than $1600 in donations from 35 people.

See more photos and read the full story by Tyler H. Jones at Area man loses everything in Christmas Eve flood


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