State Officials and Residents Remember Rushford Flooding

August 20, 2017 11:41 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Sunday a gathering was held to remember all those people who came from all over the country to help to put Rushford back up on its feet after a massive flood hit the town in 2007.

"At first it was basically everyone in the community just trying to save themselves and working together to help each other out. Then, from my side of it all the fire departments that came in to help. There was 27 total that helped us over a two-week period,” says Mike Ebner, Rushford’s retired Fire Chief.


Minnesota officials visited the small town in the scenic bluffs of southeastern Minnesota. To recognize the town's development and to give thanks to the volunteers and donors who helped clean-up, rebuild and offer support.

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar was one of those who attended the event to offer support to the community.

Senator Klobuchar told ABC 6 News, "Everyone came together. Local, state and federal. Senator Coleman was the senator at the time and he and I worked across the aisle. As did Congressman Walz to get the funding from the Federal side as well as state and local as well. You have to be as strong as they are and the spirit of the town made me keep with it."

Sandy Rumstick lives in Rushford and says she remembers the flood very well. She said, "All that they did. It all came together like a puzzle and everyone had a little piece. Everyone contributed and made that total puzzle and today we have the results 10 years later."

Officials called it a historic redevelopment. All thanks to the people of a small town, with the hope that could never be washed away. 


Alaina Rae

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