Son helps his parents save home from flood waters

METROPOLIS, IL– What would you do to save your home? That’s the question some families in our Local 6 region are facing as flooding continues throughout the area.

Some families in Metropolis, Illinois, are dealing with what looks like a lake in their backyards. House after house, neighbors created sandbag barriers in critical places. One man had to surround his parents’ home with sandbags to protect it.
Shawn Ashby’s childhood home was surrounded by water. The only thing his family could do was work tirelessly through the night. That meant managing the pumps and cementing any leaks in the sandbag barrier.
“We all hurt everywhere we could possibly hurt. And I told somebody the other day I think the only thing that doesn’t hurt is my eyebrows. So, it’s been trying,” Ashby said.
Ashby says his parents have been in their home for more than 40 years. He says this takes him back to the work they did during the flood of 2011.
“Yeah, it’s some bad nightmares sometimes because that was…it probably took us six months to get everything back in the house and everything lined up where they could get back to normal,” Ashby said.
Ashby says he has noticed a drop in the water levels when looking at emergency cones in front of the house. The cones were underwater days ago.
Robert Dillingham with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says they are doing their best to minimize flooding in our area.
“We are confident lowering the crest on the Ohio River and doing everything we can to possibly do that. As much as we try to regulate the flow of the river, Mother Nature is in charge and we have to play the hand we are dealt,” Dillingham said.
Through all of their experiences of dealing with floods, Shawn says it’s in times like this where his family leans on each other the most.
“Family has to stick close together because you never know when you’re going to need help. Mom was worried about running us down and us having to do all of this. I said mom,’that’s what we do’,” Ashby said.
Dillingham with the U.S. Corps of Engineers says when the river crests, the water levels will come a few feet short of the record levels set in 2011. Ashby says even though they’ll see a few more inches of water here, he believes his childhood home will be okay.
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