Lake Poinsett’s high water woes will continue into fall (Audio)


September 13, 2019

Mike Tanner

KWAT Radio News



LAKE POINSETT, S.D.—A wet weather pattern that’s shown no sign of ending all summer long means there’s a virtual certainty that many area lakes will be close to, or above the full mark, going into winter.


Lake Poinsett in Hamlin County is among them. It’s been several feet above full all summer. Emergency Manager Dave Schaefer says it’s come down from its high water mark, but there’s still way too much water there…..



He says there’s no “quick fix” to draining off all the water ….



It’s not just lake residents who’ve been battling this wet weather….



Schaefer worries about what next spring could bring, when ice starts to come off all these lakes that are above full…



Schaefer says four county roads in Hamlin County remain closed due to flooding.