Calm after the stormPublished 5:00am Saturday, September 25, 2010
Although the rains have stopped, Austin area residents may be affected by the flood for several weeks to come. Many businesses and homes were left with little to no damage, however.
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Several homes along Turtle Creek had their backyards flooded Friday afternoon. According to Police Chief Brian Krueger, several apartments in the area of the 1200 block of Second Drive NE were in danger of possible flood damage. Krueger said police suggested that residents living in those apartments evacuate on Thursday night, but the evacuation call was just a suggestion. Only a handful of homes around the community were significantly damaged by Thursday and Friday’s flood.
“There was a family that needed assistance,” said Elaine Hansen, executive director of the Mower County Red Cross. According to Hansen, the family’s home, in the Wild Woods Park neighborhood near Hormel Corporate Office was flooded out. The family has been put up in a motel.
MCRC opened a relief shelter at St. Olaf Lutheran Church Friday morning as well. Only six people total went to the shelter, however, all arriving after noon, and the shelter was waiting for official word to shut down operations by 3:45 p.m., according to Red Cross workers there.
Many people watched and took pictures of the Cedar River, Turtle Creek and other overflowing bodies of water during the day Friday.
Despite light rain Saturday, crews began street sweeping, clearing debris and cleaning up around town as the flood waters slowly receded.
Area businesses were largely unaffected, although several, such as Stuttgard Tan & Travel and Sinclair gas station on E. Oakland Avenue were flooded.