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Cedar Rapids family thankful to be together after flood

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Things haven't changed much for Linda Seger's family when it comes to Thanksgiving. The men still watch football, while the women take care of the food.

But one thing is different this year, and that's the setting. Until six months ago, Seger's home in the Time Check neighborhood was the place where everyone would gather.

"I'm gonna miss it," said Alex, Seger's grandson. Her granddaughter Stephanie Steele feels the same way. "Grandma's house is kind of like the center of everything in this family. Christmas, holidays, when we were little we all had our birthdays there."

Seger lives in a FEMA trailer for now, so this year everyone's at her daughter Terri's house. The family has been working tirelessly to help Seger rebuild, so she's thankful to have a place where they can still spend time together.

"I couldn't ask for a better bunch of children and son-in-laws and grandchildren," she told us. 

It's pulled her family together in a way she never thought possible. "I thought we were bonded before, but the tragedy has helped us all."

Many of her holiday decorations were destroyed, but she says they'll make new ones, and new memories along with them. "Just like what happened with the flood, one day it's here and gone, and the same is true of your family. So we like to make all those moments memorable and treasure the times together."

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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