Voyageurs National Park has closed its backcountry for about two weeks for flood damage assessment and repairs. Voyageurs has been affected by high water on Rainy Lake and other lakes that make up much of the park on Minnesota’s northern border.
Our recent stretch of spring storms has toppled trees and brought down power lines across Minnesota, but the biggest threat of all with the rain has been flooding. Far northern Minnesota has been one of the spots hit hardest by the spring rain.
Hundreds of volunteers have been working to sandbag homes around International Falls, Minn., where Bob Anderson is mayor, to protect the homes from rising water. Anderson said the Rainy River and Rainy Lake are overflowing. “It’s been about 85 years since the Rainy River has been this high,” Anderson said.
Sandbagging is under way in the International Falls area of far northern Minnesota because of rising waters on Rainy Lake and the Rainy River. The Koochiching County sheriff’s office says volunteers have filled about 50,000 sandbags to protect homes.
Heavy rains have caused massive flooding and major damage at a popular resort in International Falls. High water and intense winds ripped through the area near Rainy Lake. It’s estimated at least 600 homes in that area are affected.
Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota is reopening to visitors, now that the federal government shutdown is over.
Sheriff’s officials say a 14-year-old boy has died in a swimming accident in Voyageur’s National Park in northeastern Minnesota. St. Louis County authorities say the boy was with a group touring Rainy Lake by houseboat.