With his flooded Hampton, Ill., home in the background, Gary Grabin and his youngest daughter, Beth, make their way by boat through their backyard. Gary's wife, Paula, and oldest daughter, Sarah, wait for them on deck. Published Monday, July 19, 1993. Page 1M. (Photo by Larry Fisher/Quad-City Times)
A month's worth of hard work is evident at the Gary and Paula Grabin home in Hampton, Ill. Instead of building a sandbag wall around their home when river waters took over their yard, the couple decided to move things up and out and brace for the worst. "We just pulled it all out and gave up," Paula said.
They do not have flood insurance, but for their own peace of mind, they plan to purchase it soon. They received some assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Gary made all the improvements himself. The mud, inches of it everywhere, is gone now. The yard, which looked like a war zone, has a thick cover of grass now. The Grabins -- one month after the river inched back to its borders -- say they are doing OK. Published Sunday, Aug. 29, 1993 in Devastation and Determination: Bringing it back home. Page 4. (Photo by Larry Fisher/Quad-City Times)