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Lincoln flooding washes out roads, tests resolve of families

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"Its unreal," said Dixie Kibbee, a Lincoln flood victim.  

Filling, hauling and placing sandbags has become a way of life for the Kibbees. When the floodwaters started to rise around their home three days ago, they knew this was all they could do to save the land they've lived on for fifteen years. 

"The groundwater is coming up so high that its coming into the crawl space," said Kibbee.

Just when things start to seem better, they take a turn for the worst. Last night when the Kibbees went to sleep, they had hoped the water surrounding their house was subsiding, but they woke up to fresh rainfall and a warm day, which helps melt the more than six feet of snow still on the mountaintops. 

"People that have lived here for years and years can't remember anything like this." 

Lincoln's fire chief, Zach Muse, says the community has put together thousands of sandbags already, filling 700 just this morning. Volunteers are out night and day, as the worst is yet to come. 

"This water we're getting right now is that low to mid-elevation water, the snowmelt, we've still got everything up high as you can see there its going to be a month from now before we're starting to slow down a little bit I’m hoping," said Muse.  

Muse is calling for as many volunteers as possible to come help fill the sandbags, so that those like the Kibbies, aren't having to both fill the bags and haul them to guard their house.

"it’s definitely going to get worse, the Blackfoot [River] is going to come up." 

Meanwhile, hundreds of families are at a loss. The Kibbee's house isn't zoned as being in a flood plain. So they don't even have flood insurance to help alleviate damage costs. 

"What can you do?" 

The Kibbees say the best thing people can do is lend a helping hand and pray the rain goes away.

The Kibbees say their experience isn't even one of the worst ones. They've had to put out close to 500 sandbags, but they know families who have put out more than 1,200.