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Paul Lake residents fighting flooding

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Residents in the Perham area have been battling flooding from local lakes for weeks- some fighting water in their homes.

Valley News Team's Mellaney Moore traveled to Perham today to talk to residents with property...underwater.

This Independence Day, full-time Lake Paul Resident Wayne Caughey isn't able to free himself from the water that has taken over his property.

"This year is the worst. 2011 was very bad, but this year is now worse than that was," says Caughey.

Over the years Lake Paul has devoured the area where his family and friends would spend time together.

"In front of the cabins that are there, there used to be about 50 feet of sand beach," he says.

The June rains have washed out any hope of spending time there this year, too. Not only that, but Caughey had to remove three of the cabins on his property he used to rent out. The three remaining cabins haven't been rented since 2009 and one is ruined.

"The floor boards and stuff will be rotted with water damage and such. The other ones, there's two of them left here that I think potentially are salvageable," he says.

Caughey's home is next door on higher ground, but some of his neighbors aren't so lucky-- under water or using sandbags to try to fight the encroaching waves.

"They've had to fill in the basements. I know on Little McDonald, there's been houses that have had to fill in the basements just because the water completely inendated the house," he says.

Caughey says it's a fight with mother nature that as of yet, as no solution. Lake Paul has had flooding issues for about 15 years.


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