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Clear Lake Cleaning Up After High Winds and 8-Foot Waves Strike Downtown

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CLEAR LAKE, Iowa  --  Scott Monson, owner of the Lady of the Lake cruise boat, was recording video as a storm blew through Clear Lake late Monday afternoon.

Monson said his boat was securely tied up, but he did add that in the past he has been caught with the cruise boat on the lake when a similar storm moved in.

Monday's storm hit between 5-5:30 p.m. and created waves reaching eight feet high, according to Chad Bernhart, who was out on the lake. Bernhart was able to let two passengers off his boat before taking the boat away from the dock so he could avoid damage.

Several other boats were tied to a dock in downtown Clear Lake, which caused part of one dock to come apart and resulted in $3,000 worth of damage.

Gary Stephens of Shoreline Dock and Hoist was still not done putting in docks for the summer. Ice went out of Clear Lake on April 26th, and the weather had only been decent for placing docks for around 11 days. He is now cleaning up, and all his spring work has yet to be completed.

Not everyone had a dock for Memorial Day, but crews worked over the holiday doing the best they could to clean up the damage.

The storm also downed numerous large trees in Clear Lake.

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