Five days after one of the worst storms in years, Brainerd Lakes area resorts are starting to open for business.
As of Thursday overnight how many Minnesota Power potential customers without the need for electric bill had fell to a, 700, the value confirmed – off of 10,000 in the instant aftermath and four, 200 previously Wednesday. “(But) they have done a fabulous job cleaning it up”.
Storms that tore through the Brainerd, Minn.-area closed resorts, displaced more than 900 vacationers around Gull Lake and left thousands without power during the height of the summer vacation season. Here he talks with the CEO of Allete Energy, parent company of Minnesota Power, Alan Hodnik, as Dutch Cragun, owner of Cragun’s Resort, and 8th Dist Rep. Rick Nolan join the converation.
“It’s outstanding how this community has come together”, Dayton said.
Crow Wing County residents should watch out for downed power lines as crews work to restore power after Sunday’s thunderstorm, Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl said.
Elsewhere Madden’s and Cragun’s resorts on Gull Lake have been shut down for the time being after trees were uprooted and buildings were damaged.
Dayton said private property will not qualify for state disaster assistance. Nolan said damage to public facilities would have to reach $3.5 million before aid can be granted.
“We will be putting them in again”, he said.
The weather could get bad in Brainerd Wednesday evening as well, with WCCO reporting that a lightning storm with possible hail is heading its way.
Breezy Point Resort, which had minor damage, welcomed about 100 guests that were displaced by the storm.