Tilden dam breaks, floods Duncan Creek Campground

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- 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.



The Duncan Creek Campground in Chippewa County is seeing some major flooding Thursday afternoon.

The DNR says the top portion of the dam on Tilden Millpond nearby broke off and many of the campers near Duncan Creek were impacted.

One camper was even seen floating along the creek.

The DNR got a call Thursday afternoon about the flooding. They say there was more water flow than usual over the dam, causing the top part to break. The DNR says the dam, as a whole, is still safe for now and is not expected to break and let more water out. They say it will take a couple of days for the water to come down unless there is rain.

The DNR says they are working with the owner of the dam to figure out the next steps as far as repairs. Right now, they are going to continue to monitor it.

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