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Weekend Rain Swells Lingering Flood Fears

Updated: 06/01/2014 10:20 PM
Created: 06/01/2014 5:09 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
tdill@wdio.com

Several inches of rain fell over the weekend across the Northland. Sump pumps were working hard in Moose Lake to keep basements dry, but that can't push out the fears of residents hit hardest by the massive flooding nearly two years ago.

On June 20, 2012 heavy rains poured into Moose Lake leaving the school, houses and streets flooded with feet of water. That forced Bette Kreul to evacuate her home of over 30 years in a canoe.

“Helpless and hopeless are understatements. If somebody tells you it's an act of God...God wouldn't do this on purpose,” Kreul said.

She said the lake rose and left over five feet of water in her basement.

“It came up from the lake and it came in white caps. It actually came and broke my front window,” Kreul said.

It has taken two years to repair $90,000 of damage from the flood, but she has forever lost mementos of family and friends she was unable to carry out of her home.

“I haven't recovered everything yet because I can't. The insurance didn't cover everything,” Kreul said. “Furniture, yeah, it was thousands of dollars worth of losses, but it was the other memories that were more hurtful.”

Her house stayed dry despite inches of rain over the weekend, but heavy downfalls like that make her relieve the trauma of the flood.

“There are a lot of things that have happened in my life that make me cry, and this is one of them. But the people help me. They get me through it. There's phone calls, visits, there's prayers,” Kreul said.

She said many people at Hope Lutheran Church know the same pain. Pastor Reggie Denton said repairing the physical and emotional damage is a long process.

“This part of town was largely under water,” Denton said. “Whenever we have these large rainfalls, even though it's a couple years later now, you start thinking, 'Oh, is it going to happen again?'”

He said sharing the anxiety helps some in town.

“We do talk about it quite a bit in town. Everybody is aware of that we were all in this together as a community helping each other. Even though it's invisible people are still hurting,” Denton said.

Kreul said it is still hard to share her story, but hopes it can help others in town. Her memories of the flood may never fade, but she'll keep praying for fair weather.

“It's not easy to overcome. Will I ever overcome it? I don't think so. I don't think so, but I can just keep hoping that the sun comes out,” Kreul said.

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