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The Hoegers’ eldest daughter, Jessie, 24, arrived from her home in Roseville to help make decisions about where everything should be moved. Several volunteers formed a chain to haul items from downstairs. Soon the garage and upstairs family room were filling up with skis and boots, bikes, an artificial Christmas tree, luggage and more.
Georgia Wilcox carried up Jack’s drum set, “each piece half-full of splashing water,” she said. “It was crazy.”
Crazy, too, was the sight outside the house as darkness fell. An unwitting driver lost control of his car and floated down the street into a neighbor’s yard. Branches rushed down the street-turned-river.
But by midnight, everything was under control again. Bill Beling and Tim French were the last to leave. They left instructions for Jack and Abbie and topped off both generators before heading home.
Acts of kindness continued throughout the weekend, with meals brought over, and offers to use neighbors’ showers and washing machines.
“When our back yard dries out,” Karyl said, shaking her head in wonder and gratitude, “I want to have a thank-you barbecue.”