People in Battle Lake woke up to ruins along the shorelineFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- People living, or even vacationing, in Battle Lake woke up to ruins along the shoreline. Docks tipped over or destroyed, even boats missing.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- People living, or even vacationing, in Battle Lake woke up to ruins along the shoreline. Docks tipped over or destroyed, even boats missing.
The mess comes after severe storms hit the small lakes town, bringing torrential rain and strong winds.
The storm hit several towns in Lakes Country, And Battle Lake was one of the hardest hit.
The area had 60 to 70 mile an hour winds, and 2 to 3 inches of rain.
And the problem, the docks and boats lining the shores, are fairly light weight.
Jim Farr- Vacationer: "They're just mangled and torn up and flipped over"
The Farr family makes the trip from Wisconsin each summer to boat, fish, and swim on beautiful Battle Lake. But this year, a destructive interruption blew in overnight.
Jim: "Basically it started raining real hard."
Mallory Farr- Vacationer: "It was just crazy, and then we looked out the window."
That's when they saw this, boats filled with water and sand, or ruined completely. Equipment thrown about, and docks no longer standing like before.
Mallory: "Docks were flying all over"
Jim: "Looked like they're wrinkled."
So right now, they're trying clean up what's left.
Jim: "I don't know if we'll be going in the water again, maybe to dive to try to find things"
From regular vacationers to long time residents, both say they haven't seen destruction like this here, for a long time.
Ken Betterman- Long Time Resident: "Wow, I just can't believe how it lifted."
The whipping winds got up underneath his sister's pontoon boat, and crashed it into the dock.
Ken: "A mess, it's just unreal what that wind can do."
Completely changing the scenic beauty of Battle Lake.
Ken: "It's no longer a beautiful lake shore."
And sending vacationers packing.
Jim: "Now after this I think we're just going to button it up and take everything home."
At least, what they can salvage.
And people in Battle Lake may see more bad weather coming their way later tonight.