A review of the flood timeline
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 4:40 AM
The Fillmore County Sheriff's Office released a storm report as a timeline for the various flash flooding events that transpired during the late evening of June 22 through the mid-morning of June 23. The events led to the declaration of a state of emergency for Fillmore County.
The road leading to Sportsman's Park, north of Mabel, was completely washed out before and after the bridge. HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
Jun 22, 10 p.m.: The first report that came into the sheriff's office concerned rocks in the road on County Road 18 just west of County Road 43. Shortly thereafter, deputy Jesse Grabau, who was working near Mabel, requested the area volunteer fire department to be paged for local flooding and the assisting of potential evacuation.
Jun 23, 12:50 a.m.: Water reported over roads near Mabel.
1:33 a.m.: Area campgrounds began to be on high alert beginning around midnight. The River View and Valley View in the Preston area began to move campers and vehicles. The Highway 250 Campground was reported to be under water at this time.
1:36 a.m.: Water reported over roads east of Fountain
1:40 a.m.: An evacuation was done on Bear Paw Road southeast of Lanesboro. Residents had water to their door but were able to drive to fire trucks that had responded to the report.
2:04 a.m.: Water reported over Dogwood Road and County Road 23. Reports from Harmony at this time said five inches of rain had already fallen.
2:36 a.m.: It was reported that a Boy Scout troop that had been camping south of Whalan, had their camp site washed away and vehicles at the site were under water. Everyone was reported safe at a nearby residence.
3:00 a.m.: A home on 280th Street by Diamond Creek was reported as having water running through it at 3 a.m. Everyone was safe.
3:01 a.m.: A woman was helped from a stranded car on County Road 29 near Mabel.
3:15 a.m: Thirteen campers on County Road 23 and Dew Drop Road were assisted to escape rising Grebin Creek. County Road 23 was not passable from south of Highway 16. The road was completely washed out along a three-mile stretch. A family's camper, truck and four-wheeler were washed away over 150 yards downstream.
3:48 a.m.: A similar incident involving a person in a stranded car near Mabel was reported and helped. The Mabel Fire Department assisted a resident on County Road 29 near Mabel whose mobile home was surrounded by water.
3:53 a.m.: Local flooding reported in Preston.
4:00 a.m.: A second dispatcher started helping with the volume of phone calls and radio traffic.
4:30 a.m.: The Old Barn Resort reported water over the road leading to their sites.
4:33 a.m.: Request to evacuate the town of Choice was received. Later, major damage to County Road 43 running through Choice was reported along with damage to the bridge. A report of stranded livestock and losses were reported in the Choice area.
7 a.m.: The DNR reported "chest high" water running through their buildings at the area fisheries and fish hatchery near Lanesboro. There was significant loss of trout from the facility and subsequent resorting of the recovered fish.
7:58 a.m.: The bridge on Grosbeak Road near the Sacred Clay Inn was reported as having been washed out. County #30 was reported to be washed out at Journey Road.
8:20 a.m.: County highway staff picked up two people stranded off of County Road 23 near the concrete slab bridge, which had been washed out.
8:46 a.m.: A report from Holt Township said Chestnut Road just east of 391st Street was washed out. The junction of County Road 30 and Journey Road was washed out.
9:00 a.m.: The water was reported as too deep at the Highway 250 Campground in Lanesboro, which had been evacuating campers since six o'clock.
10:00 a.m.: The DNR made contact with campers from Diamond Creek and all campers were accounted for. The water in Diamond Creek, Grebin Valley and other locations had come down by this time and roads were passable if they were not washed out.