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Continued: High-water drama: Rains swell lakes, especially Minnetonka

  • Article by: BILL MCAULIFFE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 4, 2014 - 11:15 PM

Two Lake Minnetonka beaches — Crescent Beach in Shorewood and Nocomo Beach in Deephaven — remained closed Wednesday due to excessive contaminants in the water, and will remain so until daily testing finds the contaminants have been diluted to safe levels.

Three beaches in Mound, closed earlier in the week after a sewage release, were reopened Tuesday.

Lapping at roads, homes

In some areas along Lake Minnetonka, high water has closed small neighborhood roads and surrounded some homes.

At Ace Hardware in Navarre, store manager Patti Briggs said she’d been selling a lot of sump pumps, squeegees and shop vacuum cleaners in recent days, many to customers wearing flood boots. Her supply of 18- and 24-inch zip ties was gone, she added; that seemed to be the length preferred by homeowners who wanted to reinforce connections between dock parts so they wouldn’t break away.

Jabbour, who has lived around the lake for several decades, said he thinks development — more pavement, bigger rooftops, filling of wetlands — has “changed the behavior of the lake,” causing it to rise faster and stay higher longer after rains.

But dealing with it this weekend, barring more heavy rain, should require only “some minor adjustments in life,” he said. “I’m just telling people to take it easy.”

 

Bill McAuliffe • 612-673-7646

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