JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A family on the Westside had to leave most of their possessions behind. But as the flood waters rise to near record levels in this storm, they say they got out what was most important before the floor overtook their home.
"Here we are having to move him, and he didn't want to leave, he wanted to die here. So that's sad, really sad," said Jennifer Partin.
The family had to carry their 80 year old father out of his home as the water threatened to come through the front door.
"He wanted to stay here, he wanted to die here, this is his property, it's where he wanted to be," she said.
His daughter Jennifer says they've lived in the home for 30 years, this is the first time they've had to evacuate.
"We've endured a number of floods out here, but none this bad, this is the worst yet," said his son, Christopher Wilcox.
As they packed what they could into a van heading for shelter, parts of their home were ripped off by the current.
"It's ripped all of it. It's going, it's strong," said Jennifer.
And she worries what they'll find when they come back home.
"Saying as you're going to lose everything that you own," she said.
At the rate the water is rising the family fears their entire home will be underwater by the time they return.
First Coast News