Gypsum community navigates damage from flooding

GYPSUM, Kan. People in Gypsum continue to navigate through the damage caused by flooding from a recent storm. When that storm rolled through overnight July 3 into July 4, the Gypsum Creek could not handle the 10 inches of rain that fell.

Lance Zurfluth and his family are among those gradually working to recover from heavy flood damage. In Zurfluth's home, floodwaters soaked precious memories, and nearly everything else inside the home.

He and his family are moving forward now, ripping out flooring and saving what they can. The cleanup and recover comes after the family woke up on the morning of July 4 with ankle-deep water in their home.

"Telling the kids, 'pack up what you need, like right now, pack up clothes. We made sure we go medicine, whatever we actually needed at that moment," Zurfluth recalls of the hectic morning of July 4.

The family home is only three years old. Zurfluth says he's not sure what damage insurance will cover because the family doesn't have flood insurance. Where they live is not considered to be in a floodplain.

"We work hard to give our kids that best that we can, and now it's kind of been taken from them a little bit," Zurfluth says. "You always hate that situation, but like I said, life goes on. I will just take it day by day.

For now, the family does not have a place to call home due to the flood damage. Zufluth says his family will bounce back.