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Couple in Taylor Salvages Home After Flood

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The couple is now picking up the pieces after the worst flash flood they have ever experienced.

Ben Smith has the story.

It took three days for water levels to go down enough for Inky Paulson to be able to go back to his farm house north of Taylor.

"Well we were able to get in here Sunday evening with the tractor, we had to drive through some water to get here.  Says Inky

He has lived here his whole life, but in almost 80 years, it has never looked like this.

"Everything was so saturated, it's just terrible."

Inky and his wife Clara are salvaging what they can from their home.

And for the past ten days, family members have also worked tirelessly to help out and save what they could.

"We got rid of a lot of stuff we should have got rid of before maybe."

And now, he is left with an almost empty home.

'Well the basement is such a terrible mess."

Sagging walls tell the story of a room flooded with water, leaving behind damp muddy floors and tufts of grass attached to rafters.

But the house wasn't the only victim.

A wet spring meant promising crop for this farmer.

"The most beautiful wheat fields, they were just the nicest crop there has ever been.  

After a rush of five feet of water came through.

"Don't look so good now."

This is what the property looks like on the property now.

Inky has fought the flood waters before.

"We been married for 58 years and I think we have experienced maybe about 3 or 4 that give us some grief."

Nothing quite like this.  

A home full of possessions

"Kind of depressing."

and lifetime of memories swept away.

"I don't know if we are ever going to come back or not."

Leaving their future uncertain.

Ben Smith KXNews

The Paulsons are living with their daughter in Taylor, but aren't sure if they'll be able to move back into their home, or if it's a total loss.

An insurance adjuster is coming to the house tomorrow.
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