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Burlington Waits for Water

Burlington Waits for Water

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To the northwest, people living along the Des Lacs River are watching warily as that river rises.

The Des Lacs is up about three feet in the past day at Foxholm.

This is what it looked like at mid-afternoon today as the water was dislodging ice and debris along the small river bed.

The Des Lacs snakes through this valley between Foxholm and Burlington, picking up lots more water draining from hills along the valley.

Here is how the Des Lacs was looking this afternoon in the Projects area, just west of Burlington.

The Des Lacs is rising a bit more slowly than predicted, and the mayor of Burlington is hoping that means more water than expected is soaking into the soil.

Jerome Gruenberg says he traveled to Foxholm today and was encouraged.

(Jerome Gruenberg, Burlington Mayor) "I'm a little more confident than I was the other day. This warm weather is going to bring a surge but this morning when I went up I did not see a lot of water coming out of those coulees so apparently it's soaking in."

Gruenberg met with Corps of Engineers officials today and was told it appears the top four to eight inches of soil has been accepting a lot of moisture as the snow is melting, limiting the runoff somewhat.

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