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Brainerd hit a record for the amount of rainfall in the month of May.
Roads were underwater and culverts were washed out in Homebrook township northeast of Gull Lake. Campgrounds were flooded near Gull Lake and Pillager and docks on Gull were underwater, stripped of decking or floated away.
The National Weather Service in Duluth (NWS) reported Brainerd’s rainfall in May is 8.66 inches. Normal rainfall for May for Brainerd is 3.14 inches. Due to the rainfall, Gull Lake on Sunday was nearly 1 foot above normal summer operating level.
Corrine Hodapp, supervisor and park ranger at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of the Gull Dam and Recreation Area, which operates the reservoir, pulled the stop logs and fully opened all gates to the lake at the dam.