High water from recent rains posing problem

7:21 PM, Jun 27, 2013   |    comments
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MINNETONKA, Minn. - Lakes and creeks are full following last week's storms.

"The lake has risen significantly," said Telly Mamayek with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. "There is a lot of water in the system."

The watershed district for Lake Minnetonka has opened the lake's dams to full capacity to keep levels steady. Still, the lake is up six inches.

"There are issues with debris in the water, depth, and lots of wave action," she says. "People need to use caution on creeks, too."

Medicine Lake in the west metro is up 18 inches and this weekend the lake will be under a no wake rule.

"Boaters need to be considerate," says Joe Hardy, a bait shop owner on the lake. "Wake can take out docks and shoreline."

The Minnesota DNR reminded boaters on the St. Croix River Thursday that enforcement officers will be watching for high speeds and high wake on the river, too.

High water can also lead to increased E-coli levels. Two beaches on Lake Minnetonka remain closed after lake officials say the heavy rain water is washing animal waste into swimming areas.

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