Some rivers still rising in MinnesotaORONOCO, Minn. — A sudden fall flood’s damage to this town of 1,000 wasn’t as extensive as in nearby Zumbro Falls and Hammond, but it doesn’t hurt any less for the people who lost their homes.
By: Associated Press, Worthington Daily Globe
ORONOCO, Minn. — A sudden fall flood’s damage to this town of 1,000 wasn’t as extensive as in nearby Zumbro Falls and Hammond, but it doesn’t hurt any less for the people who lost their homes.
Jason Heitman, 34, told the Post-Bulletin of Rochester he had spent five months remodeling his mobile home before the Zumbro River ripped it from its foundation. “Everything I have is a total loss,” Heitman said.
Heitman said he didn’t know what he would do next. He doesn’t have flood insurance and injuries from a recent car accident have kept him from working. But that’s not the worst of it, he said.
“It’s not so much the material things (you miss),” he said. “It’s the little things you carry with you through your life.”
His neighbor, Nick Taylor, was able to grab only a few trophies and deer heads before water invaded his home. “I have no idea what I’m going to do,” Taylor said.
Oronoco Mayor Scott Keigley estimated that last week’s floods destroyed seven homes in the city, but he expects that number to climb. Individuals with private wells are being advised to treat their water, even before test results come back.
The state has set up a hot line for Minnesotans who want to donate supplies or offer help to those hurt by the floods. To offer help, call the United Way 24-hour statewide community resource number at 211 or 1-800-543-7709.
Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Kris Eide said that makes it easier to get donations to those who need them. She said when well-meaning people drop off donations, it can create duplication of effort and confusion.
Minnesotans also can go online to www.uwolmsted.org for a listing of volunteer needs.
The problems caused by a major rainstorm over southern Minnesota last week aren’t yet over. In some places, 10 inches of rain fell in 24 hours.
National Weather Service hydrologists say the Minnesota River will go over flood stage this weekend in Savage, south of the Twin Cities. In St. Paul, the Mississippi River, fed by the Minnesota, will rise over flood stage by Sunday.
At Holman Field, located on the Mississippi’s flood plain in St. Paul, workers were fitting steel beams into place between a long row of columns on Wednesday, hoping it will keep flood waters from reaching most of the airport’s facilities.
Even so, airport officials told Minnesota Public Radio News that Holman Field will be closed Thursday afternoon as the Mississippi crests and will probably reopen Monday.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources climatologist Pete Boulay told the station that one reason for the flooding is the plentiful rains that fell before last week’s rainstorm over southern Minnesota.
“The ground was already saturated and the rain that fell with the latest single, heavy rain event had nowhere to go,” Boulay said. “So it rains right into the lakes and streams.”