Herald JournalHerald and Journal, July 1, 2002

Waverly cabin is pushed 6-8 feet off its foundation

By Lynda Jensen

Rumbling and shattered glass could be heard just before a Big Waverly lakeshore cabin was knocked several feet off its foundations early Tuesday morning.

The cabin's owner, Craig Smith of Burnsville, was inside the structure at the time and recalls thinking it was a tornado at first, he said.

He remained inside the cabin, even though it was pushed nearly into the lake by a giant mud slide that extended across Wright County Road 9.

The mud slide closed the road and caused Xcel Energy crews to scramble, attempting to fix downed lines.

He got out of the wrecked cabin at about 4:30 a.m., when a gas employee stopped by to warn him it wasn't safe to stay in the structure, he said.

He ended up sitting in his car for more than an hour.

He remained there until starting clean up efforts with his son, Chris Smith of Lakeville.

Smith's 2001 Toyota, which was parked alongside his cabin, was also moved eight to 10 feet, pushing it almost into the lake, he said.

Smith purchased the property in August, and was preparing for a celebration with his family during the Fourth of July, for the first time since he bought the cabin.

He estimated the cabin loss at between $75,000 and $100,000.

Insurance will only cover damage that was made by the trees, he said. Otherwise, insurance will not cover his loss, he said.


The cabin owned by Craig Smith of Burnsville was completely destroyed after a mud slide (seen at the background of the photo) pushed trees and water into his house, spilling into the lake. Smith was inside the seasonal home at the time, leaving later that morning to sit in his car and wait the flood waters out. His son Chris is pictured, along with Craig (at the door).

Another shot of the Smith house.

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