So, my parents made the News! However, it is not good news. Unfortunately, there home was one of the twenty or so homes that had severe damage because of the Owatonna Floods. At the peak, they had 7 FEET of water in their basement! EVERYTHING in their basement has been ruined...all their storage, Christmas decor, my dad's workshop, washer & dryer, water heater, furnace, etc. It has now been stripped down to the concrete blocks.
My heart just breaks for them. It seems that they just can never 'get above water' -this time literally! FEMA is down there right now to see if they will give funds to help. I don't know what they give even if they do determine their situation to be 'bad enough.'
On the bright side, they have had people who have volunteered to help them get the water out and clear out their things so the cleaning crew could get in there (they had sewer backup in there as well). They had 30+ people helping on Monday. Now the basement is completely empty, they have a huge pile of all of their belongings on their front lawn, the cleaning crew has come and my parents and my grandpa will be moving out of their motel room and back home soon. First, they need to get a new furnace and water heater. They have come a long way in the last week, but unfortunately, it is just the beginning of their recovery journey.
Thank you to all the Owatonna family and friends who have helped them! At these (and many) times, I wish we lived closer!
Here is a link to the news clip --click on the video on the right side of the page.