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McCook Lake homeowners relieved sandbags no longer needed

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Now that the levee across Interstate 29 has been removed, much of life in Union County has returned to normal.

On Wednesday, state leaders warned the people who live in McCook Lake that their homes could be flooded.

But Friday, many homeowners there were breathing a sigh of relief.

It was a beautiful, warm sunny day in McCook Lake, but on this day, the people who live there are just glad they don't need to use sandbags anymore.

Dennis Johnson wasn't the only one keeping a watchful eye on the water.

"I think my peace and trust in God, that this thing was just going to flow in the right way and the right time and the right order. I think our prayers have just been answered in that way.  I've had complete peace throughout this entire process because of that," Johnson said.


Since flooding at the lake wasn't much of a threat Friday, it was a day for many to find a new home for their sandbags.

"These haven't even been here, they've been less than 24 hours, most of them. Some of them even roughly 12 hours actually. It's kind of bittersweet, yet you're glad you didn't have to utilize them.  At the same time it was a lot of work and a lot of effort for what kind of turned out to be really nothing that is even going to come close to affecting us here," Johnson said.

And with one look at his t-shirt you could see Dennis was prepared for the worst with more than just sandbags.

"This kind of sums up. I think our personal story here, that's really what we trust in, is God; and that our prayers were just going to be answered," Johnson said.

Neighbors were busy all day, filling up trucks with sandbags, but they're relieved its just not buckets of water.

It was a lot of hard work for the people of  McCook Lake, but most of the homeowners are just relieved the worst is over.


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