Couple rebuilds after home swept away in flood waters

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KNOXVILLE. Tenn. (WVLT) -- Crystal and Macarthur Suttles are rebuilding their house after losing it to flooding back in June.

The Suttles have started building their new home six months after losing their house to flooding. / Source: WVLT News

The couple lost everything to the swift water and ever since have been looking for a new place to call home.

Last month the Suttles finally found property to start building on and have already started building on the foundation of their home.

"We've been in church for a long time and we've seen a lot of stuff happen to people: sickness or whatnot and this that happened with us, it's just built our faith," said Macarthur Suttles.

The Suttles will miss their old house, but are excited for what the future holds with their new place.

"Even til this day if we drive down there you feel like you're going home. When you're somewhere for that amount of time, it's like part of you is missing" said Suttles.

Many homes and lives were changed forever when a rain storm followed by severe flood waters hit the city of LaFollete in June, 2019.

Macarthur and Crystal Suttles of LaFollete took their granddaughter to the movies one night, and returned home to find that they had lost everything.

The Suttles' home of 25 years was lifted from its original foundation and moved across to the other side of the yard. Along with the house, four of their five vehicles were lifted off the ground and swept down the creek located behind the home.

"We built it from the ground up, you know." said Suttles. "We put a back porch on it, did all the work on it ourselves. It's just devastating to know something you planned on staying the rest of you life in is gone. In just moments, it's gone".

The Suttles couple is living in a camper located on the front of their property that was provided to them by family members. Macarthur says, he and his wife are "just trying to put the pieces back together" for now.

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