KNIFE RIVER, Minn. - The mud and silt cover nearly everything Oden Alreck owns.
"Everywhere, it's everywhere," says the 83-year old from Knife River. "It's a lot of clean-up."
Oden is drying out after a flood he calls "something he's never seen." The rising waters of the nearby river swallowed up his home Wednesday enough for law enforcement to ask him to evacuate.
"It was my decision to stay," he recalls. "This is our home, this is where we were most safe."
On their own island, Oden and his wife watched as the water rose and then came back down. Their home withstood the surging Knife River, but knocked his shed off its foundation.
"We're blessed," he says. "We've had friends and family help out. We live in a great community."
Family members admit they wish the two would've left, but are grateful that they're safe.
"They come from a generation where you stay with your home," said Lori Clafton, Oden's niece. "We are very lucky."
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