One year ago a small town in Marion County was the scene of a devastating flood.
That town is South Pittsburg. The storm brought massive downpours of rain and left the small city in ruins.
"So I think all within thirty minutes time, it probably rose out here about two and a half feet in the street," said Stevarino's Italian Eatery & Pub owner Kerry Hoefer.
Mud marks on this wall beside the restaurant are just one reminder of what happened.
"Once it was coming in the front door there but then it was coming in this door on the side and then we knew we were in trouble," said Hoefer.
The heavy downpours caused one whole side of the restaurant to flood, leaving Hoefer and his employees hours worth of cleanup.
But that's just one story out of dozens for South Pittsburg business owners.
A few shops down, Hammer's Department Store on Cedar Avenue was spared. But their warehouse down the street was completely destroyed.
"It was hard to believe that so much mud, water and debris had reshuffled everything in the warehouse, pushed it to the back of the store there. Ya know, what do you do," said Michael Hall with Hammer's Department Store.
That nightmare was also a reality for many homeowners throughout town. Lifelong resident Bob Hookey has vivid memories of that day.
"Very scary because we stood on the porch here and you can hear and see big rocks rolling down third street there," said Hookey.
But this much is clear.
They are the way they are today because the community came together.
"I think that's the most impressive that we saw being in a small town like this. They didn't have to have all the information going out for people to come in. They just came out," said Hoefer.By Alyssa Spirato