Saturday, July 2nd, 2022 Church Directory
MANY DOCKS are now unreachable or damaged by the flooding and many have reported sections of docks and other debris washing up on shores from the swelling Briggs Lake Chain in Palmer. (Patriot Photo by Bill Morgan).
SEVERAL campers and trailers at Riverside Campground in Becker were surrounded by overflowing water from the Elk River nearby. (Patriot Photo by Bill Morgan).
KARLA NELSON WOLF woke up Sunday morning to her entire house being surrounded by water from Briggs and Rush Lakes in Palmer. (Submitted Photo).
The ‘outlet’/dam on Co. Rd. 75 showes the water rapidly flowing into Big Eagle Lake earlier this week. (Submitted Photo).

Floods causing havoc in Minnesota

Hazardous conditions on the shore of area lakes and rivers has prompted the closing of several roads, trails, bridges and campgrounds.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says last week’s severe storms paired with late-spring melt has caused the rivers and lakes to flood.

Many homes and cabins in the Briggs Lake Chain are completely surrounded by water as a “no wake” summons has been declared for the area. The road around Lake Julia was blocked off as water washed out the road at its lowest points. Docks and floats are submerged and unaccesible as the neighborhood waits for the water to crest and subside.

At Riverside campgrounds in Becker, the river has overflowed the banks and is now looming at the base of campers parked along the waterway.

The Big Eagle Lake Improvement Association issued the following warning Monday on social media for anyone approaching Big Eagle Lake in Orrock Twp.

“Currently, the Elk River and the Snake River are back-flowing into Eagle Lake. It is possible the lake level may rise another eight to 10 inches before it begins to recede. The rise may be very rapid. Please take precautions with watercraft, docks, lifts and other equipment you may have in the water.  We cannot predict when the lake level will return to normal but we encourage you to be prepared for elevated lake levels for at least the next week or so.”

They attached a photo is of the ‘outlet’/dam on Co. Rd. 75 showing the water rapidly flowing into Big Eagle Lake.

Karla Nelson Wolf in Palmer awoke Sunday morning in her home and realized she was surrounded by water on all sides, creating her own island after multiple storms passed through Sherburne County and rain continued to fall. She also said she found fish jumping in her yard. Wolf’s house is uniquely situated on both Briggs and Rush Lakes near Palmer. The water continued to rise another foot before finally receding late Sunday.