Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Caledonia MN, area Parks are Open Following June Floods

“We experienced two floods here several weeks ago. The first resulted in considerable damage to our campground. The second was the flood of love poured on us by many, many volunteers who turned out to make repairs, clean things up, and helped us get our business back in operation.”

That’s the way Dawn Johnson co-owner of Dunromin Campground, rural Caledonia, summed up the highs and lows she and her husband Peter experienced following the torrential rains of June 7 and 8.

“When you consider the damage we sustained, it’s amazing we were up and running by Friday (June 13). If not for all the wonderful folks who turned out to volunteer with the clean-up, there’s no way we would have been open less than a week after the floods,” Johnson added.

Dunromin is one of two Caledonia area camp grounds that suffered significant damage the first weekend in June. The other was Camp Winnebago, located just two miles farther east.

“We’re fairly dried out now,” Camp Winnebago Director Rande Gustafson reported last Wednesday. “We’ve had FEMA representatives here, who have estimated damages at around $80,000, most of which was for the three bridges that were destroyed, and several service roads that were eroded.”

Both Beaver Creek Valley State Park and Wildcat Landing County Park received very little damage.
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