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"When I got home, the cage was locked, the water was up to here to this bar," he said, pointing just a few inches down from the top of the crate, "and I couldn't see him and I opened the cage and reached in for him and he went under the water and came out the other end and just jumped into my arms."
"Thankfully, he had the stamina to keep his nose up," Bentsen said.
Bentsen said, "It was scary, very scary."
Not long after the rescue, the water climbed higher. Bentsen said that, at one point, the water was four cement bricks deep.
"I wanted to clean my basement," she said. "But this wasn't the way I wanted to do it."
She has lived in her home on
Her insurance company will only cover personal items, leaving her to pick up the tab for the rest. Cleanup will take 3-4 days, she expects.
The water moved her washer and dryer and took the sink between the two off the wall, she said. It destroyed luggage, Christmas and
"I've never seen anything like this," she said as she cleaned today. "Never, ever."
More supplies coming
"It looked like a tornado went through the basement," she said coming out of Great Lakes ACE Hardware off East 4th in
Raona, 59, needed a wet-dry vac to clean and bought the last one on the shelf just before more rain started falling this afternoon. Her basement had been covered in about 3 feet of water, and included sewage, but the water receded to about three inches by this afternoon, she said.
Hundreds of customers, many of whom are in similar situations, went to the ACE Hardware store for supplies including: bleach, mops, rubber gloves, fans, sump pumps, garbage bags, plastic bins, cleaning products and dehumidifiers.
"We're getting wiped out on everything," store manager
But more supplies are being shipped and should arrive tonight or Wednesday, he said. Usually after a storm, people come in from pockets of town, but this time was different.
"It just feels like it's the whole city this time," Dunne said.
'It was like a geyser'