Severe weather wreaks havoc on RV park along Otter Tail Lake, damaging campers

About a dozen RV campers were destroyed
Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 6:14 PM CDT
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OTTER TAIL LAKE, Minn. (Valley News Live) - The National Weather Service is surveying an area near Otter Tail Lake where about a dozen RV campers were severely damaged.

Severe weather is being blamed for causing the damage at Lakeside RV Park on Wednesday morning.

Beth Laving’s RV camper was pretty much cut in half.

“I don’t know if I can get in there or not,” Laving said, staring at her camper.

Her husband co-owns the RV park and she said 12 out of the 14 RVs were put out of commission.

“The campers are completely totaled. They’re all going to be a complete loss,” Laving said.

Some of the RVs were thrown into trees, flipped on their top or side, or ripped apart.

There’s no indication yet of what kind of storm hit this area, but those clearing the debris don’t believe it was just straight line winds.

“I’m no storm expert but there’s trees laying... all different directions. So I would assume if it was straight line wind everything would be the same the way, but I don’t know,” Laving said.

No one was hurt, despite the fact a man was reportedly in one of the campers with two of his children. He ended up getting inside his pickup.

The RV park opened on July 1 and most of the RVs had just moved in spending the Fourth of July weekend by the lake.

Lakeside RV Park is located on the northside of Otter Tail Lake, along the shores of Long Lake.

“So these two campers were not touched,” Melissa Thune said, pointing to her camper, which was one of the two.

Thune’s husband is also a co-owner of the park.

“We worked so hard for over a year to try to make this such an amazing campground and to come and see this, our hearts just kind of sank,” Thune said.

The debris was being cleared up Wednesday and many are counting their blessings because things could’ve been a lot worse.

“We had a neighbor drop off some rolls and water so that was very good,” Thune said. “There are good people left in the world.”

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