Delaware County Family Prepares to Demo Home After Flash Flooding

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter

HOPKINTON, Iowa - Heavy rains put one Delaware County family is a situation they never expected.

Water filled their home early Wednesday morning in an area they say never floods. The Recker's live among a few houses about five miles outside of Hopkinton. They said people who have lived there for nearly a century have never seen their tiny stream flood anything.

Bill Recker, Carma Agan and their son Cody can hardly find the words to describe what happened early Wednesday morning.

"Yep, it's pretty hard," said Bill Recker.

The damaged belongings spread across the yard, however, pretty much say it all. Furniture, Bins of old toys and keepsakes are headed to the trash.

"Oh. There's my tassel from when I graduated," said Carma Agan. "It's just all gone,"

"Everybody keeps saying, at least you have your lives because we were stuck in the bedroom, but we got the bedroom window open in time to get out," Agan said.

Water from the tiny creek near their back yard quickly filled their home. Bill woke up just in time.

"I thought, 'oh my, she left the window open - because it was raining out' and then I put the other foot on the floor and it went about ankle deep, and I thought 'oh something else is wrong'," Bill Recker said.
The two rushed around to gather a few things and get dressed. In just a short time the flooding was out of control.

"The bed started floating, but we got dressed but the door slammed shut so we had to get out the window, so we headed up to the road," Bill Recker said.

The couple said they were up to their necks in water when they were headed up the driveway. The force of the water caused the entire home to shift off its foundation.

Now, with each step, they worry about the future.

"The heck of it is, you pay insurance all of these years, and you find out it's no good," said Bill Recker. "That hurts a lot."

Their son, Cody, flew in from California. He's doing what he can to try to help.

"Seeing these two work their entire lives and then just have it taken away, it sucks. It's pretty bad," Cody Recker said.

He started an online fundraiser, to help find money for his parents to eventually rebuild.

"We still have each other," said Cody Recker. "We have memories and we have hope, so I mean that's all we can have right now."

The family said FEMA can't help and either can their insurance provider. They're expecting to tear down the entire home in just a matter of days. If you'd like to help out, you can go online to: http://www.gofundme.com/3fnbq0.
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