The waterlogged villagers of Elba, Minn., began to pick themselves up Monday, while marveling at the mess left behind. The Whitewater River backed up around the town’s levee – forcing the evacuation of the town of 214 on Sunday (Aug. 19), according to KARE TV, Minneapolis.
Just down Highway 74 south of Elba, 15 miles east of Rochester, the surging river laid waste to the Whitewater Valley Campground. Thirty RVs had been tossed around like toys – fortunately the eight campers had found refuge in the campground owners’ home.
The river brought debris – trailers and pop-up campers – from other flooded campgrounds upstream.
“I don’t know what to do,” campground owner Gladys Hammel said. “We’re very undecided what were going to do.”
The floodwaters did not appear to break the spirit of one of the villagers, however.
“I think Elba is a great community to be in and we’ll come together and help each other to get back going again,” said Patricia Arnold, whose home was pushed in by the floodwaters.