abc
QUICK LINKS:

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.

Front Page

  • Dayton Signs Tax Break Bill

    Dayton's administration estimates that 200,000 people could benefit from new deductions or credits that they can now claim on both state and federal income tax forms. That includes teachers, families with a child in college and homeowners paying mortgage insurance.

  • Spectators Witness Athlete Triumph at Cable IPC Championships

    Competition got underway Saturday morning in Cable, Wisconsin for the International Paralympic Committee World Championships starting with the standing and visually impaired biathlon...

  • Nolan Applauds Tariffs Against International Solar Panels

    The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) decided to sign off on tariffs against solar panels from China and Taiwan. The big debate stemmed from the cheap, subsidized products that injured U.S. solar manufactures including silicon energy in Mountain Iron. 

  • Duluth Celebrates Winter Milestones with Spirit Mountain Rail Jam

    A weekend of winter fun celebrated several milestones in Duluth. This year marks a combined 100 years of snow sports in Duluth with Spirit Mountain just passing its 40th birthday and the Ski Hut celebrating 60 years of service. 

  • Michigan Officials: New Cases of White-Nose Syndrome in Bats Found

    State officials say they've received the first reports this winter of Michigan bats dying from white-nose syndrome. Dead bats have been found outside an abandoned copper mine near Mohawk in the Upper Peninsula's Keweenaw County.

 
Advertisement