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Published May 03, 2010, 10:07 AM

Solution proposed to control rising lake

Lake Park, Minn. (WDAY TV) - High Winds are expected in our area once again this week and that means high waves lapping against Highway 10 east of Lake Park. Since the 1990's, Boyer Lake along 10 has continued to fill up with water and with no outlet; it has stretched out to and on to one of region's busiest roads. Tonight, it appears an emergency solution is in the works and relief could come within days.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

For the last 17 years, Boyer Lake has swallowed up islands, trees, even a U-S Highway. Even a million dollar facelift and raising of 10 could not keep the water off. Recent high winds again brought waves of water up to the highway, forcing the DOT to lay sandbags down.

“Our charge is to keep the highway open and that is what we are trying to do.”

But it is not as easy as putting in a pipe or a pump to move the water to the north you have to think about the people who get the water.

“Because Boyer drains into Little Boyer and then to Labelle, we have to take a comprehensive look because these people cannot tolerate more water.”

Tonight, the Buffalo Red Watershed will host a hearing proposing a solution. Working with landowners to the north to agree to lowering Boyer Lake and establishing outlets here and on nearby Labele Lake. An outlet control structure would spare landowners to the north of any drastic flooding.

“We operate under the theory that the pail is full. The sloughs are full, the lakes are full, our groundwater. Everything is full.”

It certainly will be cheaper. A 300-thousand dollar project compared to another million dollar attempt to close part of 10 and rise again In the middle of a summer tourist rush. The goal is to have the work completed on the project by mid-June.