The Big Sioux River has flooded, and it's receded.
But the floodwater's recession doesn't mean there's not still a mess, both physical and emotional, left in its wake.
"We lost everything in the basement. The food was the main thing that killed me, because my wife works every day, and I usually try to have the evening meal ready when she gets home."
Melvin Huebner and his wife were a part of an eight-home mandatory evacuation due to the Big Sioux River flooding in Akron, Iowa. He and his wife just had time to grab a few oxygen tanks and some clothes, narrowly escaping the rising waters that would soon fill their basement.
"They came up and banged on the door, and the dog went nuts in the house. He said, 'you've got to move, now.' When we drove out, we were driving through water.
Melvin, a member of the American Legion Post in Akron, was put at ease by his fellow legionnaires. Thursday, they presented him with an 800 dollar check from the American Legion's National Emergency Fund, as well as a surprise 150 dollar check from Plymouth County.
Even before the monetary support, Melvin says his legion brothers have been there for him ever since the water receded, just four days after the flood.
"They came in on Saturday after the flood went down. I happened to have a power generator, a little one, up in my son's garage, and that's what we cleaned out our basement with," Huebner said.
While there's still work to be done, Melvin says he can face the long road of flood repairs ahead, because most importantly, he and his family are home.
"That has meant the world to me. It's meant the world to me," Huebner said.
Not only getting back home, he says, but the help that got them there.
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