The flash flood that destroyed 123 homes and killed at least two people also left the survivors without basic services such as power and clean water.
However, they could have drinking water back by the end of the day Wednesday now that pumps at the city water treatment plant have been repaired, said Bill Phillips of the Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency."We'll be asking folks to take conservation measures, but basically as it (water pressure) comes up, people will be able to use it," he said.
Swollen by torrential rain, Shoal Creek washed away mobile homes and damaged roads Monday night, leaving waist-high water marks on walls.
A search resumed Wednesday for two people still missing since the flood. Authorities said reports that up to four others also were missing turned out to be unfounded.
The rushing water shut down the water treatment plant that draws water from Shoal Creek for an estimated 15,000 people in and around Lawrenceburg.
The creek receded Tuesday morning.
In the quarter-mile between the water and sewage plants, rescue workers recovered the body of Martha Maddox, a woman of about 60 whose car was swept off a bridge spanning the creek.