As the floodwaters from their Thanksgiving nightmare subsided, people in North East got to work.

Sixteen-mile creek had moved into their yards, so they called the D-E-P and asked to route the creek back to the way it was. 

"They said go ahead and do it with a couple limitations on it, and then we hired a crew to come down and they opened it up," said Jay McConaughy.  

But even that wasn't easy.

"The machine tracks can't touch water,," he said. "So we had to have something big enough that reaches out and opens it up enough."

Still, they succeeded, and the results were immediate. 

"They cut that out, and that stream just dropped," McConaughy said.  

Their yard may be dry for now, but the McConaughys say the situation is far from solved. 

Re-routing the creek was band-aid -- a temporary fix. 

The McConaughys say more work needs to be done. 

"We're still looking and talking amongst the owners down through here about building a wall," McConaughy said. "Trying to correct it so if it does come it goes more out. We build a wall here to protect us from the lake and from the creek." 

In the meantime, they're just like the rest of us: trying to survive the holiday season. 

"We're all wishing that, okay, Halloween, Thanksgiving, no Christmas storm. Just no Christmas storm, please," McConaughy said.