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Resorters assure customers that lakes area not hurt by flooding

Brainerd chamber and resort officials, on the eve of summer’s biggest holiday, expressed concern some potential customers might be scared away by reports of flooding and high water in northeastern Minnesota.

“It hasn’t affected us at all,” Tom Kavanaugh, co-owner of Kavanaugh’s Resort on Sylvan Lake, said of the recent wet weather. “Everything is business as usual.”

He said his lake is higher than it had been in some years but is not at a record high. Similarly, he said, Gull Lake is down to normal water levels. Kavanaugh said he had received three or four inquiries about the possibility of high water in the Brainerd lakes area. He said he thought concerns had been raised in some people’s minds because of media reports about Duluth and Aitkin County.

Despite the inquiries, Kavanaugh said he’s expecting a busy remainder of this holiday week and summer.

“We’re basically full here, through this week and ... July is looking very good,” he said. “The summer, overall, is looking pretty decent.”

Lisa Paxton, CEO of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, said most area lake levels have gone down and the region’s sandy soils have absorbed the extra water. She said some people might misinterpret the current flood warning which the Brainerd area is in as evidence that businesses are adversely affected, even though the region is experiencing some of its best weather. The National Weather Service has placed the Brainerd area in a moderate flood stage.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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