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Couple's Home of 80 Years Ruined by Flood

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An elderly couple finds themselves fighting for their lives after flood waters sweep through their neighborhood.

On Friday, heavy rainfall caused the Knife River to overflow affecting more than 15 peoples homes in Dunn county.

Report Ben Smith tells us one couple's amazing of survival in the midst of survival.


When the waters come...

Every second counts.

"It raised so fast, just unbelievable how fast it come up." says Inky

 On Friday evening, heavy rainfall in Dunn county caused the Knife River to overflow.

And for Inky and Clara Paulson, the unthinkable happened

"So I was down in the basement, gathering up a few things to take upstairs when all of a sudden one of the windows was pushed out and it just gushed through like a river going through the basement." says Clara 

Water filled the basement in less than 40 minutes. and with the ground outside covered with 5 feet of flowing water, They needed to act fast

"We took a table out of the kitchen, out on the deck, put a chair on top the table, then brought another chair out to step on to get up on the table." Says Inky

Inky helped Clara onto the roof of the home they lived in for decades.  A place which his father built, and where he raised 6 daughters.  And it was here that they watched while their land turned into a lake.


Emergency Manager Denise Brew, said for the homes along Knife River, there was no warning.

"This is not something that I have ever considered preparing for, this is totally different than anything I've been involved in before in August." says Denise

A boat from the North Dakota Game and Fish department was brought in to rescue the couple.

"It was a bit tough because there was a lot of current."

And now they are safe and dry at a daughters house in Taylor.

Inky has saved his home of over 80 from flood waters in the past.

"I don't know,

But this time

I don't know what's going to happen."

It seems the water has won.

Reporting out of Taylor, North Dakota.

Ben Smith

KXnews


Denise Brew is reminding everyone effected by the flood to make keep track of all possessions that may have been damaged or lost.
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