Sheriff’s Office reminds residents about dangers of high water

As of press time, Isanti County Safety and Rescue were posting buoys on Green Lake, and the lake is posted as a no wake zone. The water levels at the flood control gates are dropping, so the water is now starting to flow out of Green Lake. Photos by Isanti County Chief Deputy Chris Caulk

As of press time, Isanti County Safety and Rescue were posting buoys on Green Lake, and the lake is posted as a no wake zone. The water levels at the flood control gates are dropping, so the water is now starting to flow out of Green Lake. Photos by Isanti County Chief Deputy Chris Caulk

The Isanti County Sheriff’s Office submitted the following press release to remind residents about the high water levels on area lakes:

“With the upcoming fishing opener, the department is asking all boaters to use caution and slow speeds on area lakes. Green Lake in Wyanett Township will be posted a no wake zone this week, and other lakes may follow.

“One of the main dangers of high water in lakes and rivers is that obstacles that were once visible may now be just under the surface, posing a danger to people jumping in the lake, and to boaters who may hit them causing damage to the boat and possible injury.

“High water levels also increase shoreline erosion, and may contribute to flooding of homes that are at lake level.  This is the problem that we are having now on Green Lake.  Several homes are in jeopardy of being flooded, hence the temporary No Wake Zone. I would advise all lakeshore homeowners to have a plan in place should localized flooding occur. Know where to acquire sandbags and large capacity pumps if needed.  Isanti County will not provide these unless a major disaster is declared. What we have now is localized flooding.

“The waters appear to have been receding, and we are continually monitoring this. The water seems much higher than in past years, with some Green Lake area residents saying that they have not seen high water like this in 20 years. in_water1

“Once people start getting out on the area lakes, remember to wear your personal flotation devices, and to have one for each person in the watercraft. Children under 10 years of age are required by law to wear a PFD while in a watercraft. The river holds special dangers due to swift and unpredictable currents. Also obey all boating rules and be courteous and respect the people who live on the lake.  The Minnesota DNR website, www.dnr.state.mn.us, has a vast amount information when it comes to boating safety.

“The Sheriff’s Office will also again be out patrolling area lakes and rivers this season, with licensed deputies being on patrol.”

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