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Heavy rains affecting Rush Lake Resort in Otter Tail County

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Otter Tail County, MN (WDAY TV) - Heavy, recent rains and rising lake levels are now hitting resort owners right where it hurts. Their pocketbooks.

The high water has surrounded cabins, and even shut down business for some.

At Rush Lake Resort near Ottertail, the grandkids are here to help. To help save the cabins.

After a wet June, five inches of rain just days ago, put Rush Lake over the edge. Historic highs. Mark Harman and his Rush Lake Resort are having to do the unthinkable. Sending summer tourists and customers home.

Mark Harman/Rush Lake Resort: “We had to send our people home that were here and the people who were coming this week we called and told them we were flooding and they could not come this week it will be two weeks before we reopen.”

His cabins surrounded by a sprawling Rush Lake. Picnic tables and front yard lawn chairs the only guests still here, and what a hit in the pocketbook.

Harman: “A big income hit, we are going to lose 30,000 dollars.

At Limmer's Resort, some guests have left. 8 cabins remain open. This as owners pump water and sandbag. Their way through a summer they would rather soon forget.

Kathy Manteuffel/Limmer’s Resort: “We have had a guest here for 50 years and they have never seen this. Never hip boots to clean fish.”

The resort has already put down 500 sandbags, 400 are on the way, all in an effort to save the cabins.

Manteuffel: “People call and say they want to come but you say i am sorry your cabin is not available, what do you do.”

The hope now, a rain-less week. The biggest draw in Otter Tail County, its 1000-lakes. Right now, they need to settle down and play nice.

The flooding comes after long term issues at other Otter Tail lakes near Perham, dealing with high water and no outlets.

Kevin Wallevand

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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