Weekend Rains Inundate Minn. Campground
Up to five inches of rain hit parts of Fillmore County over the weekend, and most of the flooding can be found following the Root River downstream from Preston. One campground got hit hard, where dozens of RVs were still underwater on Monday.
"3:30 this morning (Sunday) one of the other seasonal campers came pounding on the doors – water's coming up, we have to get ready to evacuate," Mary Ann Mills, manager of Highway 250 Campground, told KAAL-TV, Austin, Minn.
Highway 250 Campground sits on the banks of the Root River in Lanesboro.
Close to a hundred campers scrambled to get their RVs out before it was too late, but only about half made it to dry land.
"It's just devastating," said seasonal camper Shirley Ripca.
Shirley Ripca camps here every year, and looking at her RV surrounded by rapids, she says many of them will be a total loss.
"We'll wait until the water goes down and try to see what we can salvage out of there," said Ripca.
The Root River is the source of most of the flooding in the Fillmore County area.
"We know that there are roads that are blocked just because of high water, we know that there are roads that are completely washed out from the heavy rain. It's going to take a while to determine how much damage there is," said Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen.
The dam in Lanesboro is overflowing and Sheriff Daryl Jensen says the river is highest he's seen it in several years.
"There's concerns about people being able to get from point A to point B and there's water in basements and there's sewer backups, there's a lot of problems here," said Jensen.
"We're a resilient crew. We'll come back, put it all together and in a couple weeks be back down like nothing ever happened," said Mills.