Moose Lake Community Updated on Flood Damage

By KBJR News 1

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

Moose Lake, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Just days after encountering the worst flood their area has ever seen, Moose Lake residents and emergency officials gathered for a meeting to discuss the state of the community.

While officials say flood waters are receding by about two inches an hour, the area still has a long way to go.

"This is going to be a long, drawn out process. Weeks, months, years," said Moose Lake Police Chief Bryce Bogenholm.

About 80,000 sandbags have been filled trying to save homes and business. Officials say that so far about 150 homes have been flooded. Hundreds of volunteers have united, helping in any way they can.

"They need sandbags filled, we filled sandbags. They needed people fed. We cooked, we fed," said Moose Lake resident and volunteer, Jennifer Hollis.

Jennifer Hollis was one of many volunteers who responded to the need for help right away.

"It's almost heartwarming, but sad at the same time to see everyone come out. Even the ones with damage, they're still helping everyone else out even though their houses are the ones with damage," said volunteer Shelby Halvorsen.

About six to seven teams of firefighters and volunteers having been working around the clock to help get the community back up and running.

While the Moose Lake community suffered major damage, Police Chief Bogenholm says that the community's water supply was never compromised. He said that the flood waters didn't reach the city's well.