Lake Zumbro dredging project delayed by leak

Breach Friday afternoon sent water rushing back into the lake.

Posted: Nov 22, 2019 5:20 PM
Updated: Nov 22, 2019 6:33 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A dyke has been breached at the Lake Zumbro dredging project.

It happened around 3 pm Friday at the lower pond area and sent water flowing back into the lake. Olmsted County officials say no one was injured in the incident and there was minimal damage. Law enforcement and contractors are at the location to determine how to deal with this breach.

Officials say the Lake Zumbro dredging project was close to complete before this incident and it is not immediately clear how much of a delay there will be due to this breach.

KIMT News 3 was at the dredging site hours before the incident happened. Before the dyke breach, dredging crews anticipated completing the project by Sunday.

The $7.5 million project will create 120 more boatable acres on the lake, allowing boaters to access parts of the lake that haven't been explored in years.

Nonprofit Lake Zumbro Forever is fundraising to maintain the lake after the dredging is complete. It's considering purchasing a small dredge or excavator to target problem areas.

"We want to maintain it. Now that we've got all of it back, we want to maintain it and keep it that way. That's why the name, Lake Zumbro Forever. We want to keep it forever. And hopefully we can," says Lake Zumbro Forever president Sheldon King.

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