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MOOSE LAKE - "We thought we were set for life," Betty Eknes from Moose Lake said.
Betty and Bill Eknes, both months away from turning 80, said they had their dream home in Moose Lake.
"It was perfect for us," Eknes said. "It's been a great 22 years."
However, last month flood water brought Moose Lake down the block and into their living room.
The water, including sewage backup, made its way through and ruined furniture, appliances and personal items.
"I couldn't believe everything was gone," Eknes said.
Within hours, a red sign meant the two had to accept their home was a loss, too.
"You just don't know how much we loved this house," Eknes said.
"Flood's just about the worst disaster you can deal with," Moose Lake City Administrator Mark Vahlsing said.
On Monday, people like Betty and Bill searched for answers at another city–run meeting.
"A lot of people are in a bad place because they don't have much insurance or they don't have any insurance," Vahlsing said.
The Ekneses, like others at the meeting, did not have insurance to help, and with other forms of aid still pending, all they can do is wait.
"We're just up in the air, and it's hard to be in the air, at our age anyways," Eknes said.
They found a place to stay in the short term, as their house sits empty and torn apart.
"Every night I'd thank God for this house and for our lives, it was great," Eknes said with a smile. "So I don't know why this happened, but I'm a little angry."
A month later, the two were able to muster some humor even though it felt like a dream has been crushed.
"It wasn't a grand house but it was perfect for us," Eknes said.
The Ekneses are still weighing financial options before deciding if they will rebuild their home or sell the lot.
Homeowners are encouraged to keep in touch with their city to make sure their name is in-line with any applications for future financial assistance, such as federal individual assistance that has been requested by the state.