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Proctor Food Shelf is Latest Loss from Flooding
FOX 21 News, KQDS-DT
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 9:50pm
Proctor, MN, USA -
PROCTOR - Last week's flooding left many in the Northland fighting
endless amounts of water from reaching their homes and businesses.
In Proctor, not even the local food shelf could catch a
"This one was overwhelming. I know that Scott had come
down here and we talked about what was in here and he said that everything had
toppled over and was floating around on the floors and it was a mess to say the
least," said Dan Rohweder, who helps run the Proctor Food Shelf.
Scott Schneider, a board member for the food shelf said, "You
couldn't even see the basement area. The door was almost under water so we knew
at that time that it was going to be a total loss."
By the time Rohweder and Schneider were able to reach the
food shelf; the nearby creek had consumed the basement building, and in the
process, destroyed 8,000 pounds of food.
"All the shelves were turned over, everything was
floating at that point and you couldn't come in. You got as far as the door,"
The food shelf attempted to save some of the canned food, but
mold and bacteria had already taken its course. Three freezers and two
refrigerators, while working, were also deemed a total loss.
"Some of the food was frozen again inside but you can't
trust any of that, everything's got to go which is disappointing," said Rohweder.
The Proctor Food Shelf served 63 families, a total of 211
people in the month of May, and now those people will have to look elsewhere
until a suitable replacement is found.
Rohweder said, "We're researching maybe one of the
churches, the city of Proctor recently purchased the Proctor Fairgrounds, we
may find a spot up there. We're not sure what yet, but we're going to try and
get up and running as quick as we can."
Those families who need assistance can receive food at two
locations: The Hermantown Area Food Shelf and Our Savior's Lutheran Church in
An account has also been set up at the Proctor Federal
Credit Union for donations.