Homemade levee protects home from floodwater
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 21:52:03 GMT —
All eyes are on the Illinois River from Beardstown south to where it meets up with the Mississippi River. And along the river some residents have lost their homes from flooding.
But one homeowner is hoping his proactive planning lasts through the flood.
For Jonathon Pollock and his friend Shane Crowell it's day three of putting their boat in the water to check Pollock's house that's located south of Meredosia.
The house is surrounded by floodwater, but because of Pollock's forward thinking, his house is dry and protected by a homemade earthen levee. And he hopes it keeps doing its job.
"Yeah we spent some money on a pump just in case it started coming through. It was built of sand, so it is quite porous, but you know after seeing it I'm really happy," Pollock said.
The water that surrounds his house is probably 10 to 15 feet deep in some places. Other nearby houses aren't fairing as well. But Pollock said that by growing up in this area, he knew what to expect and hopes his house continues to be what he calls his own private island.
"You can't beat this river, but this river can't beat us either. You know we're going to keep on coming back, this is where we live and this is where we love, so we will be here," Pollock said.