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Former Resident Feels The Rage of Missouri River

April 3, 2019
By Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

by Jane Whitmore

Former Emmetsburg resident Todd Frink of Plattsmouth, NE, was awakened at 4:30 a.m. He was told he had 15 minutes to get out of his home. The Missouri River was rising.

Todd and friend Cody and their dogs live in a large four-season Cardinal RV. They took their cars across the water and returned home, only to find that the water level had doubled. It had risen two feet.

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FORMER EMMETSBURG resident Todd Frink of Plattsmouth, NE, lost all of his possessions to flooding of the Missouri River. Todd’s mother, Geri Lynn Frink of Emmetsburg, is accepting donations of clothing, furniture, dishes, money, gift cards or anything that might help Todd. These items can be taken to Geri Lynn’s home at 602 Palmer in Emmetsburrg. Or, people can donate to: Go Fund Me/Flood Victim online https//www.gofundme.com (flood.victim). Todd will be coming to Emmetsburg to pick up donations. Any type of help will be appreciated.

They stuffed work related documents into backpacks, crammed clothing into duffles, picked up the dogs and left. The next time they saw their RV it was floating down the Missouri River.

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The river wound rise another six feet before it crested.

"Our RV floated about three football fields away and crashed up against three big oak trees," Todd said. "The underbelly is gone. The living room is gone. Nothing is salvageable."

Todd's truck was in place, but the water had dug a huge hole beneath it. He watched as his truck sank into the river.

"Hundreds of people in Nebraska have lost everything," he said. "We're scratching for dollars now. We went from owning something to paying rent. We have nothing."

Todd's temporary home is a townhouse in Omaha.

"I was at a grocery store in Omaha and there was a donation container to help the flood victims. I still donate a little bit because there are people who have it worse than me. And so many four-legged friends are having a rough time, too," he said.

Work managing Jason's Deli is keeping Todd busy.

Todd's mother, Geri Lynn Frink of Emmetsburg, has established a Go Fund Me account and she is also accepting donations to help her son. Clothing, furniture, dishes, money or gift cards would be appreciated. Items can be taken to Geri Lynn's home at 602 Palmer. Todd will be coming to Emmetsburg to pick up the donated items.

Todd is the son of Geri Lynn Frink and the late Gary Headley, and the grandson of the late Gary and Nancy Frink.

 
 
 

 

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