Folks say the worst part of the flooding wasn't the horrible smell, but their belief that IP flooded them with toxic water filled with a cancer-causing chemical.
Dozens had to evacuate and hundreds were affected when black water gushed into their homes. Neighbors here say this wasn't a result of mother nature -- but a man made disaster. That's why one year later -- 35 are filing suit against former industry giant International Paper.
Folks like Sonny and Dolores Recoulley believe IP intentionally opened up their flood gates -- flooding an entire community for weeks. The Recoulley's say 2 feet of black water surrounded their house for 3 weeks.
The attorney heading up the class action law suit says his clients just want to make sure they're never flooded again. But they are asking for some compensation money-wise. Today, Nbc 10 spoke with Kenny Haddox, IP's spokesperson. He says with this pending litigation -- there's really nothing the company can say right now.