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Leaky Levee On The West Side Of Lake Mary Breached Monday Afternoon

The leaky levee on the west side of Lower Lake Mary gave way Monday afternoon. The leak built overnight and eroded the soil away from the levee and finally breached. Water streamed through the open gap and filled once dry areas, covering Forest Road 296. The Coconino National Forest closed the area Sunday, with the threat of a breach building. There are no campgrounds, recreation sites or private homes at risk. Just before sunset, the water level on the opposite side of the levee became even with the earthen structure. Officials ask the public to stay away from the area and find other areas around Lower Lake Mary to enjoy the lake until the levee can be repaired and the water can go down.

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