Water in bowling alley parking lot creates obstacle for drivers

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A relatively-large puddle that forms periodically in the parking lot of a local bowling alley is again creating an obstacle for drivers.

On Friday, the water could be seen stretching across a portion of the parking lot at Wagner's Lanes on Brackett Avenue in Eau Claire. It's in a stretch of the parking lot that many drivers use to get from Brackett to Fairfax Street. Wagner's manager Dave Burg says there is a problem with a detention pond nearby. He says the pond does not lead the water to storm drains as it should, the ground saturates, and the water ends up collecting in the parking lot. Burg says he rented equipment to pump the water a couple weeks ago. After eight hours of work, Burg says the water was gone, but that more water started collecting in the parking lot soon after the job was finished.

Burg says he may pump the water again in a couple of days. He says he is in negotiations with the City of Eau Claire ahead of planned construction on Brackett Avenue this summer. He also says the city is in the process of buying the detention pond, and hopes crews will fix the problem in the next four or five months.

Street Maintenance Manager Steven Thompson says the lot is on private property, and the water is the property owner's responsibility.

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