Community Rallies to Save Woman's House from Swollen Prior Lake

Updated: 06/26/2014 7:12 AM
Created: 06/25/2014 5:29 PM
By: Todd Wilson

Heavy rain is impacting more than just rivers. Prior Lake remains swollen, and it's forcing some homeowners to stack sandbags to stop the water from overtaking their property.

A group of Prior Lake residents have turned 10 tons of sand into sandbags. 

"We've got six more tons that we are working on right now," Colleen Audas said. Audas and her group of like-minded neighbors have come together to lend a hand.

"We are trying to protect our neighbor’s home," she said.

The neighbor is Nikki Cleveland; they are working to save the house she grew up in. While the group is helping to fill and stack sandbags, it's much more than that -- they're helping Cleveland keep a promise.

"I lost both of my parents last year, and so I told them I would take care of it," Cleveland said. "I know it's out of my control, but I still want to fight."

Her mother and father passed away five months apart. And now the flooding has come to her shoreline.

No-wake limits are already in effect on Prior Lake. For the past few days, sandbags have been stacked, water pumps are pumping and friends are working.

"I am overwhelmed with a bunch of great friends, neighbors, and friends of friends who are helping me try to save my house from the flood," she said.

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