Thomson Couple Rebuilds Home Piece by Piece One Year After Flood

By KBJR News 1

June 18, 2013 Updated Jun 18, 2013 at 11:08 PM CDT

Thomson, MN (NNCNOW.com) - For Alan and Linda Johnson, who live just below the Thomson Reservoir, this week last year saw them being evacuated from their home as floodwater tore through their neighborhood, house, and business.

One year later brand new cabinets, a new ceramic tile floor, and piles of fresh wood and electrical wiring represent the progress made...

"Winter was very hard because we lived in our makeshift kitchen and in this living room. This was all torn up, and quite the mess," said Linda Johnson as she walked through the living room filled with tools and other equipment.

...and the workload still ahead.

"Alan is worn out. He's done so much of the work, and he's so tired of doing it, because, not only that, [but] he [also] has to keep up with the business," said Johnson.

Johnson says the positives, and the frustrations, have varied since June. The Lakes and Pines Community Action Council did cover the replacement value for their floor and cabinets, "but it was about a third of what we actually needed," said Johnson.

Another frustration: not knowing if it will happen all over again.

"We didn't want to put down the same thing we had because it got destroyed by the flood. If it ever happened again, the ceramic tile won't be damaged by it—we would have a fighting chance next time," said Johnson.

Johnson says they're working against the clock to get their house ready for a Fourth of July family get together, but the real goal is to finally get peace of mind.

"...just to get our life back again. It's just been totally topsy–turvy," said Johnson.

... all part of the physical, and emotional, damage left in the wake of last year's flood.

According to Carlton County officials, there are still roughly 190 active flood damage cases being handled by Lutheran Social Service throughout the county.

- Posted to the Web by Billy Wagness