ST. CLAIR, Minn. - As some of the water starts to recede after Wednesday night's heavy rainfall, the small town of St. Clair, Minn. is bracing for more flooding. The river is expected to crest this weekend.
With the Le Seuer River now in his home, all David Birk could do was sit on the higher ground, hoping the water didn't rise into the main level. He cleared out the basement and then got out.
“By four o'clock this morning, it was just going over the step on the side of the house here. I was up 26 hours straight of trying keep track,” said Birk.
It came up so fast, people had to give up an effort to save one of the town's sewage pumping stations Thursday night.
Down the river, a small army of volunteers helped Cindy Glamm prepare for the worst, literally. The water is already as high as the 100-year flood six years ago
“I helped the city three times now and I sandbagged for 16 hours yesterday and it's awesome to see them come back and help me today,” said Glamm.
Aerial video from a drone shows how much this little town of 800 people is overtaken by river levels of unexpected heights. The levy built to protect the town's sanitation plant wasn't enough.
The fear is if the water rises high enough to hit Main Street, where the town flattens out, nothing might stop it. That’s why a huge line of sandbaggers were at the school, seemingly out of reach, but perhaps not this time.
“If it continues at that rate, we're looking at 48 hours, which we should be ok,” said Lt. Jeremy Brennan of the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office. “But we're preparing for the worst and trying to protect what we can at this point.”
Some can still fight. David Birk can only watch.
“It is what it is. All you can do is pick your boots up and move on,” said Birk.