Flood Victims Return to What's Left of Their Homes

By KBJR News 1

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

Thomson, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Flood clean-up continues to be a difficult and in some cases, devastating process in some parts of our region.

Last week's massive flooding forced hundreds of people out of their homes.

And four days later, some are just now returning to assess the damage.

LeAnn Wallace reports.

"I didn't know it was going to be this bad. My neighbor up the street told me ,"you don't want to see it.'"

Thomson residents are just now returning back to their homes, or in some cases, what's left of them.

"You know, we didn't know if we were going to come back to a house on the slab, or if there was a house at all, or what was here," said Kim Price.

Kim Price's parents have lived in this house for 47 years, and like some, they were reluctant to leave at first.

"The sheriff's department said you've got to leave. At first I wasn't going to go, but I'm glad I went."

"We had areas where rescuers weren't even able to access it by boat because of the fast moving waters," said Sheriff Kelly Lake, Carlton County.

Some were even evacuated by helicopter.

"They rescued my cousin up the hill by helicopter, and the neighbors across the street by helicopter." said Price.

While the rain has stopped and some of the water, now gone, the damage remains.

"So as you can see this is what a lot of the roads look like around Carlton County," said Lake.

Authorities are asking people to abide by the road closures and barricades.

"Public Safety is our main concern."

And for those forced from their homes, their concerns are many.

"But we're going to take care of them, you know...maybe we can get, I don't know, they don't have insurance or anything so we'll just have to see what we can do, get them a different house or something, I don't know," said Price.

"We're now beginning the long road to recovery in a lot of these communities and they are still, they are struggling," said Kelly.

A flood relief center has been set up at the Cloquet National Guard Armory.

Volunteers and supplies are still needed.

To volunteer you can call: 218-384-1112

Volunteers can be added to teams that will go out and assist with the physical clean-up. You can also help by donating gasoline and grocery gift cards.

Meanwhile, the city of Moose Lake is hosting a flood information meeting for community members on Monday, June 25th.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m and will take place at the Hope Lutheran Church.