Albert Leans awake to high waterPublished 8:51am Sunday, June 23, 2013
Main Street and Lakeview Drive were closed as of Sunday morning after an overnight thunderstorm delivered yet more rain to an already soaked community.
High water on Fountain Lake has inundated Katherine Island and left docks under water. Many boat lifts would not have space for boats. Some owners even tied their docks and boat lifts to shore.
The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday issued a no-wake restriction for boats on Fountain Lake.
“High water will deteriorate shorelines and damage docks, boats and lifts, additional avoidable waves will only accelerated deterioration and increase damage,” states the Sheriff’s Office.
People driving around Fountain Lake Sunday morning noticed high water all along the shore. The water went over the shore in places like Edgewater Park, City Beach, New Denmark Park and Lakeview Park.
On Facebook, some local homeowners are reporting that their basements have water in them.
Despite the flooding, Freeborn County was not in any flood watch or warning Sunday morning.
Albert Lea received about 3 inches of rain Friday night. The Sunday morning storm delivered 0.75 inches of rain, according to the automated weather station at the Albert Lea Municipal Airport. More thunderstorms are forecast for Sunday afternoon in the Albert Lea area, meaning the waters likely will rise even higher.