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Published April 05, 2010, 01:22 PM

High water on Lake Boyer has the MN-DOT concerned

Audubon, Minn. (WDAY TV) - A lake with high water is concerning MN-DOT. Boyer Lake, near Audubon, is about 9-feet higher than normal.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

MN-DOT crews have put up a 650 foot sandbag dike, to keep the water from going over Highway-10. The South side of the Highway is now lined with a levee, more than a foot tall.

MN-DOT raised the road 3-feet in 2003, at the cost of a million dollars, but because the lake has no outlet, there's nowhere for the water to go.

MN-DOT says it may eventually have to add on to the dike.

"The water doesn't equalize in the pipe under the road and the water is coming up everywhere, so we're protecting it where it's low, but it's going to, if it gets higher, we're going to have to build another dike."

DOT officials are working with Buffalo River Watershed District and Becker County to find a solution, possibly draining the lake on the north side.