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Drought lowers level of Storm Lake

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STORM LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) -

Drought has caused Storm Lake, Iowa, residents to pull their docks out of the lake early last year. Now, they may have to wait to put them back in.

Ice fisherman are making the most of the last of the lake's ice before it all melts away.

Iowa Department of Natural Resource Conservation Officer Brent Koppie says the lake is sitting between 10 and 12 feet deep. That's three-and-a-half-feet lower than normal. Brent Koppie, Iowa DNR, said "Right now, there's exposed sand around the edges of the lake. The docks, when you put them out on the lake, they can't even reach the water's edge. So, that's one of the main problems it's causing right now."

Koppie says the low levels will also create hazards for boaters, like exposed rock and jetties. However, he says levels aren't having an effect on the lake's fisheries.

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