The first day of May feels nothing like it should. All over KELOLAND people are still dealing with Mother Nature’s wrath.
In the west it’s been heavy wet snow. In the east, persistent rain and strong winds have kept farmers from planting and county crews busy fixing dozens of washed out roads.
One area hit particularly hard is Lake Poinsett. The flooding, damage and cleanup is now entering its seventh week and businesses around the lake are scrambling to dry things out ahead of the busy tourism season.
Logan Kool relocated her bar this year, because she wanted to be closer to the lake.
“I guess we definitely got the water access,” Kool said jokingly.
High water lapping at her backdoor, is making the job of remodeling Pier 81 into Smokin’ On The Lake, a bit more challenging and stressful.
“We’re tired, just trying to get everything cleaned up been working long days,” Kool said.
John Hurley can relate.
His excavating company has been busy dumping rock to try and save some of the shorelines around the lake.
He also owns this new campground. It’s full alright, with water. And he owns a beach bar.
“Our beach bar is currently in rough shape, we are going to have to rebuild the shoreline, the parking lot shoreline is also in need of repair,” Hurley said.
As of this morning, the lake is finally receding, but still six feet over full.
“The wind is our primary concern, because every time the wind blows we are going to see damage to structures, we are going to see damage to shorelines,” Hamlin County Emergency Manager, David Schaefer said.
Those winds have blown plenty of debris ashore, but danger still lurks on the water.
“A boat that was actually damaged by hitting debris and that’s very understandable with the amount of debris that’s out there it’s bound to happen,” Schaefer said.
“I wouldn’t go out in a boat and go skiing, a week ago or so, we saw some people out there water skiing and that is just crazy dangerous,” Hurley said.
When the danger and water finally subside, the businesses, that are trying to stay afloat, say they’ll be ready.
“Don’t change your plans, please come to Lake Poinsett, it’s going to be awesome,” Kool said.
Most of the businesses we talked with today say they plan to open for the season May 18th.