LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) – Some families in Washington County are still waiting to find out if the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide disaster relief after a flash flood struck last week.

Dozens of people were rescued on June 12 after high waters damaged homes and flooded roads in Clear Spring. No injuries were reported.

The American Red Cross initially assisted some displaced residents in finding rooms at local hotels, Herald-Mall Media reports.

But families like the Bivens say they are now relying on the kindness of friends and family after losing everything, including their dog after she drowned in the flood.

“She was definitely a big part of our family,” Jessica Bivens said.

WNEW’s Kimberly Suiters says the family of four has spent the last week at a local church’s parsonage. An extended family member set up a donations page for the family.

Bivens says her husband saved their 18-month-old daughter and 7-year-old son after waters flooded their home.

“He was trudging out in knee-deep water with my daughter in his arms and my son dragging behind him – the water up to his waist,” Bivens said. “He said the water flew through the house like it was a river, and our belongings flowed down the river with it.”

The Washington County Emergency Management Office says after final damage assessments are conducted, FEMA will begin their investigation.

“It’s kind of like a waiting game,” Bivens said.

Bivens was told it could be several months before they know if they will receive any relief.

“We’ve never experienced anything like this at all. There are a lot of families still struggling out here. A lot of children lost so many things,” Bivens said.

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