5 years ago — 2013 Hugo Chavez, longtime president of Venezuela, dies after a nearly two-year battle with cancer. 10 years ago — 2008 Eau Claire North, Eau Claire Regis and Eleva-Strum advance to state in boys basketball. 20 years ago — 1998 Minnesota’s state Senate refuses funding for St. Paul’s $130 million hockey arena project. 35 years ago — 1983 Rapidly melting snow causes area rivers to rise above flood stage.
Carrie Bodenburg was fast asleep on her couch early Tuesday morning when her 18-year-old son raced up the stairs and shook her awake. There was water in the basement, he told her. Lots of it. Figuring it was nothing a towel or two couldn’t fix, Bodenburg roused herself from the couch and trailed her son to the basement door. She soon realized a towel wouldn’t do — water was gushing out of the utility room’s toilet, sink and vanity, and it didn’t appear to be