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Resorters assure customers that lakes area not hurt by flooding

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

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.

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“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.

MIKE O’ROURKE, associate editor, may be reached at 855-5860 or mike.orourke@brainerddispatch.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MikeORourkenews.

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