Eric Hendricks, Mike Brennecke: 2 savvy employees "MacGyver" emergency flood protection
Practically swimming on the job
"We kept rearranging the sand bags to stop the water leaks," Mike said. "The rain started up again and we wondered if we would ever get the water levels back down."
"I can't tell you how many hundreds of times we filled up the wet vac and dumped it," Eric said. "It would fill up in 30 seconds, I'd dump it and start over again. This went on for a few hours. We were out there most of the night with a lantern we had hauled in for lighting. We were exhausted."
The water rose to 43 feet. It kept penetrating the sand bags and finding new ways in. Eric and Mike kept plugging the holes.
"We wanted to be safe and not get electrocuted. We made a rule: no one comes alone to the site."
At 12:30 a.m., Eric and Mike were able to slow down and maintain the water levels. They took a break and agreed to meet in a few hours.
“We saved it!”
"It was a relief to come back and see the equipment was still OK," Eric said. "It was the best feeling ever. We saved it!"
The water was still rising and crested around 2:00 p.m. Mike and Eric continued their efforts until the water began to recede and all was safe.
In the end, their neighbors thanked Eric and Mike. They posted their praises on Facebook.