Ready for You After the Storm - Brainerd, Gull Lake & NisswaPublished by hmn_admin on Sun, 2015-08-02 11:13
Resiliance must be in the DNA of the people who run and work at resorts and campgrounds in Minnesota. A massive windstorm hit the Brainerd Lakes area on Sunday July 12th about 6:00 PM. The damage was serious and widespread. The worst hit area ran from Baxter on Hwy 371 and then North across Gull, Sylvan, Round, Hole in the Day and Upper Cullen Lakes and into Nisswa. There was also damage on other lakes, of course. There were thousands of trees down, many of them across power lines. Hundreds of utility poles also had to be replaced. A broad swath of lake country was without electicity for days and some areas for up to a week.
The amazing news is that there were no reported serious injuries from the strom. There was advance notice from the national weather service and the media. The emergency warning plans at resorts, campgrounds and other businesses worked! The other good news is that the Red Cross and dozens of utility companies arived very quickly to help with recovery. On a visit to the area on Thursday, July 16th, we counted utility trucks from a dozen co-ops and utilities working on the repairs.
Resorts and campgrounds reopened as major repairs were made and power was restored. By Tuesday, July 28th, the resorts in the area had reopened. To the best of our knowledge the only facility that hasn't reopened is the Gull Dam campground which is run by the US Forest Service. There is still work to do but it won't interfere with our guests having a grand time or making fond memories. Resorts and campgrounds are open and ready to welcome guests!
Hats off to the hundreds of neighbors who aided in the recovery! Aren't Minnesota people amazing!