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As Water Rises, Lake Home Yards Begin to Shrink [VIDEO]

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EDEN VALLEY — Take a few steps in your back yard and you may be walking on freshly cut grass. Live on a lake and that step you take may turn into a splash.

As the water continues to rise on the lakes and rivers many homes are starting to see their yards shrink.

Cody Burr and his family live on Rice Lake in Eden Valley. He says the water level is the highest they’ve seen in ten years.

“Total we’re, I would say we’re up five feet from normal,” says Burr.

Burr says the water level has submerged their dock causing them to tie their boat to a nearby tree. The water is also getting close to their guest house.

“My dad and I talked about that last night, and tomorrow morning (Wednesday) I will take a look and see if I need to start taking things out,” says Burr.

Earlier this month the Stearns County Sheriffs Office issued a No Wake Advisory for the Sauk River, Chain of Lakes and Two Rivers Lake. They also added Koronis Lake, Rice Lake and Big Lake to that list this afternoon (Tuesday).

“It’s the unfortunate part of living on a lake that’s river fed but at some point it will go down,” says Burr.

The National Weather Service calls for more rain in this weeks forecast.


Cody Burr shows how high the water has risen on their property on Rice Lake. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)

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