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Published April 05, 2011, 08:58 AM

Driveway swept away by flood waters

Breckenridge, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Proof tonight flood waters can be powerful. A Breckenridge area family has lost the main entrance to their home. Flood waters swept their driveway away.

When Richard Kruse went on an errand Saturday morning, he didn't know he was minutes from falling through the cracks.

RICHARD KRUSE - Wilkin County, MN: “Just kept getting worse all day Saturday until finally the whole works fell in.”

This weekend, floodwaters caused Kruse's driveway to collapse. County Highway Engineers won't know what caused the collapse until they inspect it after the waters die down. They say it could be many factors, from erosion and moisture content, to a crack in the culvert.

RICHARD KRUSE - Wilkin County, MN: “They re-did the highway last year and they made these nice entry ways with asphalt into the driveway a short ways because part of that fell on top of the culvert.”

The Kruse family has lived here for the better part of a century and doesn't recall anything like this ever happening, but that doesn't mean they aren't taking everything in stride.

RICHARD KRUSE - Wilkin County, MN: “All I did is put some sawhorses in front so nobody would come off that road at night and miss it. You just take care of problems as they happen.

For now, the Kruse's can still work the farm, using the back roads to move equipment, but taking the long way home.

RICHARD KRUSE - Wilkin County, MN: “Just has to be taken care of after the water goes down.”

County engineers will be working with the state to replace the culvert and driveway, after flood waters die down.