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Couple stays comfortable as floodwaters surround their home

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For one family, leaving home wasn't an option. In fact, they plan on sticking it out until the floodwaters recede.

"We're not leaving," Brandon Dillow said. "This is our home."

Heartland News caught up with Brandon Dillow and his fiancée Jennifer Korte along Route 3 in Alexander County, Illinois on Sunday, as they boated over flooded roads and fields to get to their home in Miller City.

They had just finished up shopping for food and supplies.

Along the way, homes, barns and businesses remain flooded. Some even had walls of sandbags around them for protection.

The top of their roof behind a huge dirt levee was all that was visible of Dillow and Korte's home on Sunday.

"We started this process Sunday evening and we've been ongoing ever since," Korte said, talking about the levee.

"It peaceful out here any other time," Dillow said. "We wouldn't move for nothing if we didn't have to."

A light fixture in their front yard is barely visible as the floodwaters nearly swallow it.

"You can barely see the top of our lights on our pillars in our driveway," Dillow said.

Inside their home the couple try to remain relaxed, even though the floodwaters continue to rise around them.

"As of last night, the water only came up three inches in eight hours," Dillow said. "I think it's about leveled out."

Dillow and his fiancee have most of their furniture packed away up high in their shed, just in case their personal eight-foot-tall levee were to fail.

Dillow and Corte lost their home in 2011 when Alexander County was devastated by flooding.

"We had approximately four foot of water in our home," Dillow said.

At that time they had only built a levee that was five foot tall. Unfortunately, it wasn't high enough, as the floodwaters rushed into their home, destroying nearly everything.

Four years later, they face record-breaking flooding yet again.

"Five feet wasn't enough in '11," Korte said. "So we had to go higher."

On Sunday, they took turns walking around on their levee, checking for trouble spots.

"It's depressing," Dillow said. "It just changes your whole life. You can't go to work. You have to stay here and fight it. Everything changes. And it's overnight. It just happens so fast."

Several animals have even made Korte and Dillow's home island a temporary home to get away from the floodwaters.

As Korte and Dillow hope to remain dry in their home as they wait, the floodwaters continue to devastate many homes and businesses in nearby communities.

The couple is just thankful the levee was big enough to keep the water out this time.

"If we didn't have a levee built, we wouldn't have a house," Korte said.

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