Beaver Lake temporarily closed after sewage spill

Published 12:53 pm Monday, August 8, 2016

Beaver Lake is temporarily closed while cleanup efforts are underway after a sewage spill Saturday morning. — Sam Wilmes/Albert Lea Tribune

Beaver Lake is temporarily closed while cleanup efforts are underway after a sewage spill Saturday morning. — Sam Wilmes/Albert Lea Tribune

ELLENDALE — Officials are waiting for test results from a sewage spill Saturday that forced the temporary closing of Beaver Lake.

Officials from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency have been on scene and will be until the contamination is removed,  said Chris Gannon, Steele County deputy emergency management director.

The lake will remain closed until the MPCA is able to ensure that the lake is safe, Gannon said, noting the cause of the spill is still under investigation.

Gannon said 3,500 gallons of lake water and contamination had been removed as of midday Sunday.

Initial reports indicated about 5,000 gallons had been spilled.

Lab results are expected midweek, Gannon said.

Emergency management professionals have used an automated phone calling system and have been going door to door contacting local residents to alert them to the situation.

Gannon said the spill is the first one he is aware of in Steele County since he started in 2009.

No injuries have been reported.

Officials from Steele County and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have also assisted on scene.

Look to the Tribune for more information as it is released.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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