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Firefighters offer support for those who stay behind

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(WMC-TV) - Despite evacuation warnings and available shelters, some flooding victims still refused to leave their homes Thursday.

Shelby County Fire Commander Donald Fletcher guided an amphibious vehicle called the HydroTrek through flooded land on a mission to check on people who chose to stay behind.

"If they did need help, we want to make sure they're able to call and get help," said Fletcher.

On dry land, Firefighter Corey Howard used an iPad to provide the HydroTrek with valuable information about underwater obstacles and addresses on the welfare check list.

Fire Road resident Dean Hollowood stayed behind.

"It's something else," said Hollowood. "Adventure for us."

Hollowood said his house is dry, his drinking water is clean and his power is on.

Phil Muth's property is water locked, but the landlord and animal owner said he is not concerned.

"It's no big problem," said Muth. "We're OK. Better than the folks in Northaven over there."

"Everyone we've touched base with today, everyone's in good spirits," said Fletcher. "Say they're doing fine."

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