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Prior Lake flood fight could last until fall, mayor says

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Despite a valiant effort of pumps, hoses and sandbags, Prior Lake, Minn. homeowner Gene Klun admitted defeat Monday in his fight against the still-rising flood waters.

“We’ve been losing since yesterday morning,” Klun said. “I think the biggest frustration is not knowing what's next.”

Klun lives on Breezy Point – a low-lying dead-end road now covered by water.

“I told my brother to have the canoe ready because it could get to a certain point where it is impassable,” he said.

Klun brought us into his once-finished basement that the family abandoned over the weekend, as up to 3 inches of water poured in.

“It was trickling through here, constant, as high as it is out there,” Klun said.

The Kluns are definitely not alone. Our view from SkyFOX9 showed water has swallowed several neighborhoods and left cul-de-sacs flooded. Huge temporary walls of sandbags have been erected to protect homes and properties. It’s estimated one house on a lake point might now be surrounded by upwards of 3,000 sandbags.

“You have to be careful because if the wind picks up and the waves come over, it can knock down the wall,” said volunteer sandbagger John Girtman.

The scary thing here is Prior Lake officials concede they have no idea how long the lake will remain this high. It depends on future precipitation and the now-clogged flow of the watershed.

The mayor said Monday night that this is a community fight that may last into fall.

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