Flooding cancels youth camp and strands staff


An overwhelmed water treatment plant was just the first domino in a series of recent events in Pine County. First, the flooding caused major roads in the area to close last week.

That meant Camp Heartland – an annual weeklong camp for children affected by HIV/AIDS – was forced to cancel, according to a news release. The camp usually hosts about 75 kids, says KMSP, and half of them fly in from around the country.

In addition, about 70 camp staffers are also stuck at the camp. They are safe and above water level, just landlocked, said the release. If there is an emergency, they can be reached by helicopter.

After canceling the camp, Heartland asked for financial support to cover the cancellation costs and rescheduled flights. The radio show My Talk 107.1 held a fundraiser on Friday to help out.

Heartland raised enough money to reschedule the camp for August.


However, staffers are expected to remain stuck and County Road 61 closed at least until the end of the weekend, according to the Pine County Sheriff Office Facebook Page.  On Saturday, they posted that the water levels will drop "in a few days" time.

The American Red Cross was in Pine County on Saturday and Sunday assisting residents that had been evacuated from Willow River.



Pine County was not the only area that was affected heavy rains last week. Parts of north-central and east-central Minnesota also experienced flooding and dangerous river conditions, said the DNR in a press release. Several state parks, trail and forrest roads have been temporary closed. Click here for updates on closures.

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