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Rising water inches closer to home in rural Payson


PAYSON, Ill. (WGEM) -- The rising water was a devastating wake up call for one couple in rural Payson Thursday morning.  The creek near their home along Highway 96 is inching its way to their front door.  Now they're doing everything they can to save their belongings.


"I just couldn't believe how fast that water came up."

James Brothers and Brittny Moran woke up to a shock Thursday morning. Water started creeping closer to their home around 6am. They immediately started packing up.

Brittny Moran says, "It's not something that you want to wake up to in the morning and think about am I going to be able to have a house to come home to sleep at night."

Normally the creek is about 50 yards from their home, and six feet down the bank. Brothers says the threat for flash flooding is always there, but it hasn't been this bad since 2008.

James Brothers says, "Hopefully it stays at this place right here. It should drop as fast as it come up."

Now all the couple can do is wait for the rain to stop.

James says, "There's nothing you can do.  It's beautiful down here when it's not like this."

Brittny adds, "It's definitely devastating. you just have to stay positive. That's all you can do."

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