Dam breaks near Duncan Creek Campground, causes major flooding


Campers in Tilden are sorting through damage after flooding washed over the Duncan Creek Campground in Chippewa County Thursday afternoon.

A total of 50 campers sit on the campground and many were damaged.

“A lot of people lost a lot of stuff today,” said a witness to the flood, who camps at the Duncan Creek campgrounds. “It’s pretty sad.”

The DNR says the top part of a dam nearby broke, causing the flooding. Witnesses said one camper was even seen floating down the creek.

The DNR says they are working with the dam owner of this privately owned dam to figure out the next steps as far as repairs.

Dam safety engineer, Mike Rogney, said the dam has had a few problems.

“There was a concrete portion on top of the spillway that we knew was kind of in rough condition,” said Rogney.

Despite the damage done, people on the campground say they are moving forward.

“I’m sure we’ll be out here tomorrow doing cleanup and trying to get ready for the big camping season,” said the camper.

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