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Fountain Lake spills over causing roads in Albert Lea to close

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ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Heavy rainfall this week has caused water levels on Fountain Lake in Albert Lea to rise and spill into residents' yards and onto busy streets in the city.

For residents living on the shores of the lake, docks that are normally above water this time of year have been submerged as the water continues to rise. Water has also started to creep over the embankments and into homeowners' yards.

The spill over from Fountain Lake is also causing flooding on Highway 65. The highway is closed between Garfield Avenue and Newton Avenue due to standing water on the roadway. Traffic is being detoured to Garfield Avenue, Newton Avenue, Front Street and then back on to Highway 65 until the water recedes.

City officials expect the road to be closed for the next few days. 

Highway 65 sits between Fountain Lake and Albert Lea Lake. Both bodies of water are contributing to the flooding of the highway.

City officials warn drivers it is illegal to drive on the closed roads with penalties being fines up to $1,000, 90 days in jail, or possibly both. They are encouraging motorists to plan accordingly while driving in the area.

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