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Rain woes felt across Twin Cities metro

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RICHFIELD, Minn. (KMSP) -

Several inches of rain have fallen on the Twin Cities metro in the past few weeks, and it's left a lot of problems in its wake -- from expensive basement flooding to tree loss and transportation problems.

With a little more than half the month eclipsed, June is already approaching a rainfall record -- and there's more in the forecast. That's not news neighbors in Richfield hoped to hear.

"They're in the way; they're in the street, blocking the road," Neena Ferguson said. "It's probably safe for them to come and tackle the big trees."

April showers lingered into May and seem to making a stormy appearance in mid-June. For the Ferguson family's Richfield neighborhood, that's summed up in one word -- "inconvenience."

"It's similar to winter -- a lot of rain, extreme weather," Nona Ferguson said. "Seems to be the pattern for us in Minnesota."

The rain put a damper on their plans, and their community isn't the only one. On Lake Minnetonka, water levels forced no-wake restrictions on the entire lake to avoid shore erosion. Although Monday's reading was 1.2 inches below the record high 930.66 feet set on June 3, it's not dropping nearly fast enough for boaters.

"I'm waiting for it to go down," fisherman James Maddox told Fox 9 News as he admitted he's worried about what he'll be able to catch. "The overall fishing for the summer and this fall -- because fishing has already been messed up from the late thaw and everything else."

Kara Owens, spokeswoman for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, explained that several Minnesota lakes have "no wake" restrictions in place.

"Prior Lake down in Scott County is 'no wake,' the St. Croix River is 'no wake,' and the locks and dams are now closed for recreational and commercial traffic," she said.

As for when those restrictions will be lifted, that's really all up to Mother Nature.

"We're going to get more rain today and rain this week, so those water levels are only going to increase," Owens said.

Fox 9 Chief Meteorologist has forecasted a very wet week -- and if conditions carry on like this, it's safe to assume the Fourth of July holiday will be a quiet(er) one on Lake Minnetonka.

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