Lake Minnetonka Homes Flooded with Sewage ... Again

Updated: 06/25/2014 9:07 AM
Created: 06/24/2014 11:22 PM
By: Jay Kolls

More than 40 homeowners in the city of Mound on the western shores of Lake Minnetonka say their homes have been flooded with sewer water multiple times in the past month. 

The first time, the city of Mound said it had to open its sewer lines and let some of the treated waste water into three different lakes, including Lake Minnetonka, because the water table had risen to historic high marks after heavy rains.

City officials say they had to make that tough decision to keep the sewage from flooding more than 900 homes. Yet, more than 40 homes still had the sewage run through their basements.

City officials blame the Metropolitan Council for not upgrading main sewer lines that feed smaller cities' waste water into treatment plants. The Met Council denies that it is its problem, saying their sewer lines have been upgraded to meet capacity of growing cities and that the individual cities are responsible for upgrading their own sewer systems. 

Homeowners, nonetheless, are angry that no one in government has stepped up to help them with a problem they say they did not create.

City officials from Mound say they are meeting with the Met Council next week to start discussion on what needs to be done to keep this from happening in the future.

Some homeowners tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they have contacted attorneys and will take legal action if they do not receive help from the government entities responsible for treating and disposing their waste water.

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