Ranier homes underwater, despite sandbagging efforts

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As Rainy Lake water levels continue to rise, sandbagging efforts continue in Ranier.

Because of the sandbagging needs in this community, many people are taking time off of their regular lives, even taking time off work to help with the constant sandbagging.

“We’ve been spending 12 to 14 hours a day out here for now. This is our 19th day straight out here trying to help build walls,” said resident Jarred Huffaker.

Although there has been constant sandbagging, many houses are still having difficulty being safe, as at least one wall has been knocked out by the flooding. The water could also cross County Road 20 soon, making it impassable for houses on both sides.

“Unfortunately, we’re at the point now where we’re not really able to save everyone’s homes, but we’ve started helping with the evacuation process," said Huffaker. "We’re moving furniture about a basement, and we’re at the point where we’ll build what we can, but we’re just going to start trying to help people get out and get safe.”