Some Prior Lake Residents See Silver Lining During Flood Fight

Updated: 06/27/2014 7:12 PM
Created: 06/27/2014 2:54 PM
By: Josh Rosenthal

In Prior Lake, if you want to get sandbags from point A to point B, you're probably going to need a canoe.

"It's better than carrying them," said Corey Minnich. "Wheel barrels don't work, lawn tractors don't work, so what else you going to do?"

People are fighting to save their homes.

"We're just, in kind of a crisis here at the moment," said Bill Maynard. He's lived in Prior Lake for 38 years, and says he's never seen it like this.

"Not this bad, nope. It's the worst it’s ever been," he explained.

But even during the worst of times, with backyards ready to burst, there is a silver lining or two.

One, the kids do love it. For the most part, they're the ones pushing the canoes full of sandbags.

Two, and this is the big one, the community really is coming together.

"I get a little emotional," Mary Miller said. "They've been my neighbors for 35 years."

Miller's home is on high ground, it's safe, but like so many people here, she's got her neighbors' backs.

"You just get a little misty eyed, you know, when you think about it," Maynard said of Miller and everyone else pitching in.

The city is providing all of the sand and bags for free. City Manager Frank Boyles said he thinks water levels will continue to rise on Prior Lake, but he isn't sure how much.

Residents in need of assistance can call the city's flood hotline at 952-447-9800.

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