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Plum River Floods Parts Of Savanna


Power was still out Friday in some places and roads were covered by flood water in Savanna, Illinois.

Thursday night, the Plum River spilled over its banks and poured several feet of water into streets and homes, forcing evacuations.

Some went back home Friday, facing a mess left behind.

It's a mess they've dealt with before. Freddie Preston checked out her son's home Friday, assessing the damage. A nearby levee from the Plum River broke, flooding his neighborhood.

"See that tree down there," said Preston, "In the water that's where the house is. We can't even get to it. Last year it had seven feet of water in it. I don't know what it has now."

You can kind of see the shutters peaking out of the flood water, an image Preston said she's seen before when the levee broke last year, devastating her family.

"At least this year they haven't lost their clothes and their furniture and their television and my grand daughter's things out of her bedroom, but it's still a tremendous emotional stress," said Preston.

She said her son just poured money into re-doing the entire house, which was just finished before Christmas, and now this.

"I think the second time for them is just too much," said Preston as she looked on at the neighborhood. She knows her family's fortunate no one was hurt, but that doesn't make her any less sad on Friday.

"It very, very depressing that even my little grand daughter said I don't know what to do and that's kind of what we all feel right now," said Preston, "We just don't know what to do or think."

Preston said all that's left is to pick up the pieces and try to rebuild again.

Police said the river is receding slowly. Last July, the force of the flood took out two railroads and washed out the ground beneath the Highway 84 Bridge.

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