Woman relieved to return to a dry home

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)  "I was so happy--I just wanted to scream "thank you God, you saved it"," said Haynes.

Nova Haynes says just feet separated her home from the edge of floodwaters.

"I couldn't believe it, I couldn't believe it," said Haynes.

She moved back home last Thursday.  She was gone 8 days fearing the worst.

"I hated to see night come, I couldn't sleep.   I would dream and everything like that. It was very depressing," said Haynes.

The water still isn't gone.  Part of 304 near Nova's home is still closed, and you can see water from her front door.

"I feel so sorry for the other people because they've lost so much. I can't even imagine--imagine losing everything you've worked so hard for," said Haynes.

Despite this close call with the water, Nova says she's not leaving.

"People say well you're stubborn and I may be.   Anyways it's got me through life," said Haynes.

This has been home for 40 years.   She says it will take more than water to get her out of here.

"I can't give this house away--I've worked too hard on it all my life," said Haynes.

While she didn't take much with her when she left, she says one thing stayed with her the entire time--the one thing she says that kept her going.

"I had a lot of hope and faith and I just made myself you know made myself look out the window and say there will be a brighter day--and there was," said Haynes.

She says the volunteers at the shelter and the whole community of Pocahontas were a blessing to her and so many others. She said before everyone around evacuated, she let people park cars and tractors in her yard in hopes her home wouldn't flood. She was helping neighbors before the flood, and says she'll continue to help them clean up as well.

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