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Marion County Residents Reflect On Leap Day Flood Anniversary

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One year ago, President Barack Obama declared Marion County a disaster area after a devastating flood.

Hundreds of homes and businesses were affected by the February 29th flood. Some of those homes were even considered a total loss.

One year later, some families are still picking up the pieces.

"It rained most of the day," said Yvonne Yow. "I had my grand kids here and my daughter came to pick hers up. When she got ready to leave she said 'mom, have you looked outside' and water was coming down our steps to come into the house."

If you walked outside on February 29, 2012, you would be standing in water up to your knees.

One year later, the water may be gone but the memories and all of this mud are still very much there.

"Everything had to be replaced," Yow said. "The whole kitchen had to be redone. Hot water tank, appliances. I mean we lost pretty much everything unless it was high up on the walls as decoration."

A house that was destroyed is finally starting to feel like home.

"This is our home. We owned it for 40 something years," Yow said. "Before the flood happened, we owned it free and clear for retirement purposes."

People of all ages in Marion County Community stepped up to help families like the Yow's.

"I just really felt compelled to go out and do something," said James Hammons, Fountain of Life Outreach. "At that time, Dawn and I were running the Youth Group here at the church and I said lets try to get as many kids as we can together and see what we can do."

The Junior American Red Cross was a big help in the flood cleanup.

A member, Dustin Hammons, said it was nice to see everyone come together.

"Everybody seemed to come together and be closer and help everybody out," he said. "Not everybody thinking about themselves but helping out each other in different ways."

Members of the community spent hours helping people clean out their damaged homes.

"I thought it was a great thing knowing that there was people in this county other than us that actually want to help other people," said Sam Kniceley, Junior American Red Cross. "Just seeing that warms my heart."

The Yow's said they can't thank the community enough for helping them slowly get back on their feet.

"This is a great community," Yow said. "They really stood behind us in everything."

The Yow's lived in their daughter's home for seven months before they were able to move back home.

The home sustained more than $60,000 worth of damage.

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