The 1999 4th of July Incident (Boundary Waters Blowdown)

The Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association has posted a blog entry about a storm that hit the Boundary Waters Canoe area ten years ago. The storm which damaged over 350,000 acres of trees changed the land forever…

On July 4th, 1999, Northern Tier staff was aware of an oncoming storm and while finishing lunch in the dining hall the storm hit. The wind and rain was immense to the point you could not see out the windows. When the storm cleared staff looking out the glass pane window towards the dining bell finally realizing the extent of the damage: “Wasn’t there a large tree there before?”. The Sommers base was left strewn with fallen trees and without power or phones. Likewise the eastern part of the Boundary Waters was also devastated with fallen trees. While equipment, portages, and campsites were left covered with trees amazingly injuries were minimal.

Check out the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association Blog for more information, links to the original 1999 articles about the storm, and additional pictures.
Ten Years Later: The 4th July Incident (Boundary Waters Blowdown)

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