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Hurricane Harvey victims seek refuge in Quincy

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Bob and Pat File Bob and Pat File
Clothes that were donated to the File's Clothes that were donated to the File's
Bob opening the fridge in their temporary Quincy home Bob opening the fridge in their temporary Quincy home
Bob and Pat's house in Texas after the storm hit Bob and Pat's house in Texas after the storm hit
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

An elderly Texas couple is now in Quincy seeking refuge from Hurricane Harvey, after losing nearly everything in the storm. 

Bob and Pat File were both born in the Tri-States, but retired to Texas nearly 40 years ago.

Now with only each other and the clothes donated to them, they're finding refuge from Hurricane Harvey, after family members picked them up and drove them to the Tri-States.

"I heard all of the things fall. I heard the refrigerator fall and lamps were falling, tables," Pat said. "Our house is a total loss. We lost our car. We had nothing left," Bob added.

The Files were in their home just 30 miles southwest of Houston when the storm hit.

"I was in the second bedroom and I had the pets to keep them above water," Pat said. "I thought well this isn't very good. I don't like this, but I can't do anything about it."

Bob, who turns 90 in six months, said his son go them to safety and it's something he'll never forget.

"I'm on a chair, reaching out the door, holding the boat so he can bail the water out," Bob said. "It's raining so hard that water is running off the roof and into the boat. My son grabbed my legs and they threw me up on the edge of the boat."

Now all they have is what has been donated to them.

"It means a lot," Pat said. "You don't realize people can be so generous and so good, and so concerned too." 

"We're just happy to be here and happy to be alive," Bob said.

For now, they are staying in a Quincy home that was set to be sold by family members. Yet another donation to help them get back on their feet.

"All my life I've been the daddy that looked out for them and it's just hard to think that I've had to had help from them," Bob said. "But there's just no end to the appreciation, the love."

Their plan right now is to stay in Quincy until they can get back down to Texas to see the damage and try to rebuild, which could take months.

To hear more of the File's story and to find ways to help, click HERE.
 

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