MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) ----- "In all the time they've lived there, in almost 60 years, this is the highest it's ever been and it's only been flooded like this 2 or 3 times," said Jensen.
As the Rock River slowly recedes, families like Kevin Jensen's are left to clean up and rebuild.
"This is their home, and every time the flood has come up, their house has kept them safe and dry and warm and in this case, because they're in their 80s now, they've had to leave, but that's the first time."
Kevin’s parents, Ken and Glenda, have been in their home since 1960. Kevin says they have seen flooding in the past, but nothing compared to what this year’s levels have been.
"I think one of the misunderstandings is people think that everyone, if you live near a river, that you have flood insurance and if there's a flood, that you're fully insured and that you're made whole and then you move on. But the flood insurance is only for the structure of the house that if your house is destroyed or if your house becomes unlivable, any contents is on the people."
Jensen says the best thing people can do is give back, because every little bit counts.
"It could be a tornado on the south side of town, or flood on the Kent Creek, but these are our neighbors. It may be only a small part of the community that's affected, but they're affected profoundly."