And here we sit……..

In our very own “mini campground”….for now!


This is the scene from our home looking up the drive to our son’s/DIL’s place. It won’t be for long, as the water is definitely going back to its rightful place at the campground. When we pulled the RV out, the scene was this..

007Now, It’s really nice to be near the water, but to have the water that near to the camper (and coming up) is NOT a good thing!! It appears, now, that we will be returning the aforementioned RVs to their sites very soon….”if the creeks don’t rise”!

Tuesday evening DH and I took a drive to Lanesboro where, we had heard, the Root River dam was being watched carefully for structural damage/stress due to the excessive flow. What greeted us was impressive, to say the least!!!…….




In the top 2 photos there is water flowing over the dam AND around each of the sides/ends…..not good!  The pictures above show the results of the initial flooding in the basin below the dam. One can only imagine the force of the water at that time!


As you can see above, the flow is moving right along yet. Thank you DH for the “human interest” input!!!! The town sustained no damage but the campgrounds, on the edge of town, had a group of Boy Scouts in tents who had some harrowing moments early Sunday morning as the water took away tents and personal belongings. Thankfully, there were no serious mishaps or injuries. I really hope that this is the final “high water” post for this year. I am now ready for those “lazy hazy crazy(?) days of summer”!…….

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A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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18 Responses to And here we sit……..

  1. Wow. I can remember when the floods in Iowa occurred. I went to the Coralville Reservoir and watched water pour right over the dam (despite the fact that the dam was wide open). It was an amazing site. At that time, the bridges were floating off the pylons, because the water was so high. Hope it all recedes soon!

  2. Oh dear!! So glad you’re all safe!

  3. Oh my… I had no idea it was still that bad in your area! Such a year of extremes we are having.

  4. Jackie says:

    Wow, that’s some impressive footage of the Lanesboro dam…. I love that Dam and have many (normal) photo’s of it. I’m glad you were able to get your home out of the flooded campground, oh, what a mess that could of beed.

    • treadlemusic says:

      We were told that the river would be up this weekend but we could bring our camper back. As of right now, we’re in a ‘holding’ pattern. Our site has a 10.5 (river height) removal and the river just hit 10.12 at 9 a.m. with a projected crest of 10.2 tomorrow. With rain in the forecast, I/we don’t trust the situation and will wait until Mon. (I think). After all, isn’t that what retirement is all about???? LOL! Since we’ve not heard any negative updates on that dam, I can only assume it has settled down a bit! Hugs…….

  5. That raging water is downright frightening as is that scare with the Boy Scouts. I just heard on the radio today about the millions in dollars worth of storm damage in Houston County. So thankful all is OK with your family personally, but definitely feel for those who have been impacted by the flooding.

    • treadlemusic says:

      It will be very strange to progress through the summer/fall with empty fields in so many places. It’s unbelievable that so many 2nd plantings are now wiped out and it’s too late for a 3rd of any kind!

  6. Karen says:

    you have had more than your fair share of rain this late spring and early summer. I think because of how wet it is and the bug population would be on the rise I would skip camping this year as the bugs drive me crazy – but that is me – I hope you can get all set up again soon and enjoy your summer. I hope the dam has no damage.

    • treadlemusic says:

      The bugs/gnats are horrendous!!! The mosquitoes are “normal”, meaning bug spray is a necessity. The wet weather has meant that all the little creatures have an extremely high population this year!!! Ugh!!!! The dam must be ok, as I/we haven’t heard any updates lately!

  7. mtetar says:

    God is GOOD! The storms do, and will pass. Be A Blessing because you’re Blessed. Mtetar

  8. Beth Ann says:

    Wow–when you told me about the dams I had no clue. Those are very impressive photos and I am glad that you guys got your RV’s out in time. Whew. Hopefully things will calm down and you can go back to those lazy crazy hazy days of summer SOON! Before the summer is over! Enjoy your day, sweet Doreen!

    • treadlemusic says:

      I have not seen that dam like that…ever! I haven’t heard an update, so I am assuming that the concern has lessened. We are sitting here kinda watching today’s forecast. Thinking we won’t do anything until Monday, since rain is forecast for this afternoon through Sat. nite. Not fun to sit in a camper with rain!!!! Retirement=options!!!! LOL! Hugs……

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