Until the summer of 2011, Gavins Point Dam in Iowa had never released more than 70,000 cubic feet of water per second.
On June 23rd 2011, the dam reached an astounding peak of 160,000 cfs, enough to fill more than 2 million, 2-liter soda bottles every second.
That water ended up drowning an RV and trailer community called Larson’s Landing, near Yankton.
Folks made it out okay, but many of their summer homes were lost.
Owner, Doug Larson said they may have saved part of the land. But when the water receded, he didn’t even know where to begin.
While waters knocked out a large portion of the beach at Larson’s Landing, including a section that used to be a volleyball court, the Larsons are confident that they’ll be able to rebuild, even if it takes some time.
That hope is what keeps Larson going and he hopes to have 30 new RV pads ready for residents by the Fourth of July.