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20 years later, church rebounds after flood of '93

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One of the most infamous floods on the Mississippi River happened twenty years ago this summer. One of the most infamous floods on the Mississippi River happened twenty years ago this summer.
It was late July in 1993 when levees at Kaskaskia, Ill. ruptured and forced people to flee the area. It was late July in 1993 when levees at Kaskaskia, Ill. ruptured and forced people to flee the area.
With the water gone and 20 years passed by, church members say the focus is the work they put in after the flood. With the water gone and 20 years passed by, church members say the focus is the work they put in after the flood.
RANDOLPH COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

One of the most infamous floods on the Mississippi River happened twenty years ago this summer.

It was late July in 1993 when levees at Kaskaskia, Ill. ruptured and forced people to flee the area.

"It tough it was horrible because people had no where to go," Mary Ellen Brown said.

Right in the middle of it all was the Church of Immaculate Conception.

"There was a lot of things that happened and a lot of people had to tweak their lives and maybe still are to some degree," Brown said.

With the water gone and 20 years passed by, church members say the focus is the work they put in after the flood.

"We are very proud that we can save this for future generations as well as present generations," Emily Lyons said.

Lyons said they have moved on from 1993 but certain things will always link them to it.

"And someone had a few cattle nearby and the highest place was they saw the steps and the door and they just came right in, they were surviving," Brown said.

"You know the real kicker, we had national geographic on account of it," Lyons said.

Church members say they learned a valuable lesson.

"But we've learned if you just keep with it, as our main lesson, if we just keep with it we will find a way," Brown said.

A way that has led to the a piece of history dating back centuries still standing.

"But you know, even when it wasn't at its prettiest, it was still our church and still a place to go," Lyons said.

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