Band Members Still Dealing with Flood Fallout

By KBJR News 1

July 2, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 1:57 PM CDT

Fond du Lac Reservation (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- Washed out roads and flooded homes are still affecting members of the Fond du Lac band. Band members returned home from multiple evacuations sites today to wet basements and giant sinkholes.

Charlie MiskwaaBineshii almost lost some of her most precious items during the flood.

"This thing we need a new one anyway, it's older than dirt," said MiskwaaBineshii referring to her water heater.

Her washer and dryer did feel the full force of the rain. MiskwaaBineshii is one of the band members that had to evacuate after the rain started to fall.

"They came to the door and said if you want to go you better go now, because that rez road collapsed," said MiskwaaBineshii.

Roads started to crumble near Ridge road. Where Fond du Lac Creek meets Reservation Road; mother nature made it's mark.

"The remaining culvert there you can see there is still quite a bit of water running around the culvert. Fond du Lac Creek is still at flood stage," said Emergency Command Leader Steven Olson.

Even with exits becoming scarce Wednesday, some Band members refused to leave.

"I was kind of shook up and I was with my family but I was with my family so I knew we'd be all right," said Phyllis Briggs, who decided not to leave her home during the flood.

"I think they handled it very well, not everybody chose to evacuate," said Olson.

For some, the decision to leave wasn't easy.

"I was worried about the dogs, I couldn't back up here and feed and water the dogs," MiskwaaBineshii said.

But coming home to a wet mess is even harder.

Band members are receiving some help with pumping water out their homes. Emergency Command Team is accessing all of the damage to come up with a plan going forward from here.

Zach Vavricka

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