Prior Lake residents fill thousands of sandbags to hold off floodwaters

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Volunteers are filling thousands of sandbags to create dikes and protect homes from floodwaters in Prior Lake, four weeks after heavy rains first created flooding troubles for the city, WCCO reports.

Floodwaters have already closed some streets in the city, and boats remain as the only alternative for some people who live by the lake to get in and out of their homes, residents tell the station.

“Everybody has a boat that they use to pull their groceries in,” Julie Anderson, a resident, told WCCO.

FOX 9 says that dozens of volunteers have come together in an effort to fill 10,000 sandbags to build a 650-foot barrier to reclaim one of the city's streets. After that, they'll use pumps to get the water to the other side, the station says.

KSTP says a no-wake restriction remains in effect on the lake, and it could be some time before the restriction is lifted.

According to the Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District, lake levels were recently measured at 905.62 feet. County officials say levels need to drop below 904 feet for three consecutive days before the no-wake restrictions are lifted.

State residents can find out local lake levels at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.

Meanwhile, an effort called the Mississippi Riverboat Cleanup is underway to clean up trash on banks of the Mississippi River as the flooded river continues to recede, KSTP also reports.

On Wednesday, volunteers were on the banks of river near Newport, which is in one of the five cleanup zones along the Mississippi River designated by the DNR.

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