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Dunn Township cabin owners see possible solution to flooding issues

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People in an Otter Tail County lake neighborhood say a Dunn Township ditch filled in and replaced with a plastic culvert some 17 years ago is causing thousands in water damages to their cabins.
A whistleblower called us to investigate, saying after many years of freezing and thawing ground, very little water drains into nearby Lake Lizzie.

Valley News Team's Mellaney Moore talked to a neighbor about the issue and what's being done to fix it.

For several years, some Lake Lizzie cabin owners in Dunn Township haven't just lived by water, but at times have lived in water due to a ditch filled up and replaced with a plastic culvert years ago.

"The ground moves around so much around here that it doesn't flow. So [it] overflows, runs across the road and runs through people's property down there," says Neighbor Dwayne Messerschmidt.

Messerschmidt has lived at the lake full time for five years- hearing about the water damage from his neighbors.

"The one gentleman down there... it ran right through his house. He had to tear everything out," he says.

Messerschmidt says the spring thaw or a heavy rain brings water right through the properties near the lowest points in the road.

Township officials wouldn't comment, but held a meeting at the Dunn Town Hall yesterday to discuss the issue.

"We asked them to help us out and as far as I know last night they did. They made a resolution to put a steel culvert in," says Messerschmidt.
Messerschmidt says he and his neighbors are happy to see movement forward.
"The water back on this side of the road is a foot and a half higher than the lake side, so...if you can drain that down a little bit, that's big," he says.

As far as who is paying for the replacement culvert, Messerschmidt says that is still under discussion between residents and the township board.
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