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A story that started as devastation following the 2011 flood has turned into the feel good story of the season for one family.

Emily Medalen has the story.

94 year old Doris Hedman knows the true meaning of "home for the holidays," after being gone from her home since the flood sirens went off in 2011.

She and her family moved in in 1945, and planned to stay forever, until 68 years later when her neighbor told her what was about to happen.

(Doris Hedman, 94 Year Old Flood Victim) "She said "get your tv on" and I said "I don't really watch tv very much." and she said, "You have to get that tv on." and it was all about the flood. And she said, "I can't stay because my kids are moving me out." So she went to the door and I followed her and everybody down the street is moving their stuff. My head was just blank. And I thought, "Well, somebody will call and tell me what to do, but nobody called."

Since her husband and daughter passed away, and her son had severe arthritis, Doris contacted oil workers to get her furniture out the next morning, while she tried to figure out what to do.

(Doris Hedman, 94 Year Old Flood Victim) "I went in the kitchen, folded my hands like this, laid my head on the table, and just laid there with my head on the table all afternoon. I didn't see them take one piece of furniture out. Nothing. I laid with my head on that table all afternoon."

Since that day, Doris has lived in Wisconsin, while her grandchildren began to rebuild her home.

There is still work being done, but her family says that every bit is well worth it.

(Chris Burnett, Granddaughter) "The most important thing to me; I look around and the house is heaven to me. Just because I know we can go from here. But the biggest thing is seeing her sit here."

So today, Doris stepped foot in her home for the first time in two and a half years, just in time for the holidays.

And she intends to stay there.

(Doris Hedman, 94 Year Old Flood Victim) "I just cant believe it. I'm so happy to be back home. I don't want to live any place else. I just want to cry when I think of it."

Emily Medalen, KX News.

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