A devastating combination of heavy rainfall and snowmelt has led to record flooding in the Midwest, causing 75 cities in Nebraska to declare states of emergency. The water is starting to recede, and those affected by the flood now begin the arduous task of cleaning up and rebuilding.
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Kyle Simpson and friend Gayland Stouffer spent Sunday cleaning mud from his property on the Platte River. As the sun was setting, the two men were walking back to their car when Stouffer spotted what looked like a refrigerator in the middle of a field.
“He says, ‘Hey, this is a refrigerator.’ And he opens it up and says, ‘It’s full of beer,'” Simpson told Lincoln Journal Star. “I said, ‘Yeah, right.’ And he reaches in and says, ‘It’s ice-cold.’”
The two friends cracked open two beers, choosing from Busch Light and Bud Light, and enjoyed what some are calling a “silver lining” in the wake of the storm.
“It was a gift sent from the heavens, and we were happy to see it. But we hoped the people who lost the fridge were OK, we hoped their property was OK,” Simpson said.
A photo of their discovery was shared on Facebook, inspiring commenters to call it a “magic fridge.” Some even think it was divine intervention.
After the post was shared over 5,000 times, the fridge’s rightful owner was found. Brian Healy saw the post on social media and put two and two together. The refrigerator, which is kept at his family’s cabin, was filled with Bud Light, his father’s drink of choice, and Busch Light, what everyone else in the family drinks.
While the fridge, although a little weathered, survived, Healy’s family lost their cabin.
Simpson has promised Healy that he will be reunited with the refrigerator — minus the two beers.
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