Calm after the stormPublished 5:00am Saturday, September 25, 2010
Rich Jaachs, president of Community National Bank, said workers from other locations traveled to Austin to help sandbag starting at 6:30 a.m. Jaachs, who became president earlier in the week, said he wasn’t able to get up to the Austin location until 10:30 a.m. The water on North Main Street had crested by 11 a.m.
Melissa Miskovich watched the water overtake the parking lot at Riverside Arena when she tried to go to work Friday Morning. Miscovich, the general manager of Business Operations for the Austin Bruins, said she was surprised to see the parking lot as flooded as it was, since volunteers had sandbagged the arena starting at noon yesterday.
“I said, ‘There’s whitecaps in our parking lot,’” Miscovich said. According to her, Riverside staff worked from home Friday.
Aside from the everyday calls police usually received, Krueger said Austin police had to deal with a large number of calls about people moving barricades or kids playing in flooded areas. Austin Public Schools had closed schools Friday, citing inclement weather and flooding conditions.
One woman drove her car into a flooded stretch of road on Hormel Century Parkway at about 12:25 p.m. Friday. She was eventually escorted to dry land by police. The woman was uninjured, according to Lt. John Mueller, who went on to say that her car, which stopped working after it was submerged, will remain in the street until the water is low enough to tow it.
Despite the lack of significant damage to businesses and homes, residents will be left with a reminder of how flood prone Austin can be for days to come.
“You can’t fool Mother Nature,” said Bettie Bates, a bystander who took pictures of the flooding at North Main Street Friday.