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Lanesboro recovering from June flooding

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LANESBORO, Minn. (KTTC) -- There is no question that people in Lanesboro know the power of the Root River, but on the morning of June 23, that strength was on display as a campground was swept away. Still, a week later, they are picking up the pieces.

A beautiful Tuesday in Lanesboro is the perfect opportunity for visitors to spend time on the river.

"I came down to beautiful Lanesboro to enjoy the streams and do a little trout fishing," said Bill Goins, a visitor from Plymouth, Minnesota.

Just over a week ago, the area was not as beautiful. The Root River reached extremely high levels, washing away everything in its path. It is an image that is hard to imagine just days later.

"I think we'd be doing something else somewhere else," Goins said. "It'd be a little tough to be able to enjoy the beauty of this river and stream with that type of water height."

On the other side of town, the Highway 250 Campground tries to return to normal after a Sunday morning of destruction.

"4:00 Sunday morning, we got the knock on the door to evacuate," said Bob Harguth, a camper from Waseca.

The waters came in quickly, sweeping many loose items down the river.

"Disaster in a small way, nothing like Oklahoma's tornado," Harguth said. "All the decks and bikes and sheds floated down yonder."

It is an experience that Bill will never forget.

"Yeah, it's emotional. I've never been in a flood like this, but the noise of the water was tremendous," Harguth said.

Now, Bill and his wife are back, putting together a deck that was taken away by the river and always thinking back to the scars left by Mother Nature.

"I am deathly afraid of water, and we drove through a foot of water pulling the camper out the day of that flood that morning at 6:00 AM," Harguth said. "Yeah, it's nervous. It makes you think that we aren't the boss, there's a bigger one above us."

But even a flood isn't enough to keep Bill away from Lanesboro.

"Oh yeah, I'm getting ready to pull it in now," Harguth said. "That's what we're working on right now."

The campground is still open and staff members are doing what they can do to get back to normal as the Fourth of July approaches. There are no damage estimates at the campground, but many of the destroyed trailers are still sitting in the far back of the grounds, waiting to be scrapped.

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