Residents in one tiny Illinois town are coming home to their flood damaged houses Monday.
Even with sandbags set up, residents in London Mills say flooding from the Spoon River was just too much to handle.
"We were all trying to sandbag up and keep it from coming over," says Stacy Spires. "But we couldn't hold it back, it was coming."
It was around 9 p.m. Thursday when Spires got the word: get out in the next 45 minutes.
"We came back Friday morning but we couldn't even get down the street," she explains.
Her home ended up with a foot of water on the first floor. When Stacy finally got to see her house days later, she lost it.
"[It was] devastating," she says. "This is our life. We've lived here 13 years."
While walking around town, it didn't take long for Stacy to find some of her things, hundreds of yards away from her home.
"It was chaos, hectic, a mess everywhere," she adds. "You should've seen everything that floated from everyone's yard."
So what's next for Stacy after the cleanup?
"We're going to try to fix it," she says. "I'm not sure, everyone else here is moving out I think."
On the other side of the street, Stacy's brother-in-law, Carlos Spires, says he's had enough.
Spires spent $40,000 of his own money on renovating his home of the past six years. He says he was almost done and wanted to sell it sometime in the next year.
"I'm just getting into buying houses and remodel and flip and this was one of my starter flips and it's not going so well," he says.
But after the levee broke, he says he's just trying to salvage it now.
"If I don't get rid of it, it's going to be rental property," says Carlos Spires. "I'm going to throw some cheap carpeting in it and finish it up, put the old siding back up. I'm not putting anymore into it."
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