Police: Vandals Release 600,000 Gallons Of Water In Big Lake


DEMONSTRATORS IN SELF-DEFENSE. HE’S EXPECTED TO BE SENTENCED IN APRIL. BIG LAKE POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR HELP FINDING THE VANDALS RESPONSIBLE FOR RELEASING 600,000 GALLONS OF WATER. ON TWO SEPARATE OCCASIONS IN TWO DIFFERENT PARTS OF TOWN SOMEONE OPENED UP FIRE HYDRANTS AND RELEASED THE WATER. REG CHAPMAN HAS MORE ON THE IMPACT OF THAT ON THE COMMUNITY. SATURDAY, 9:04 P.M. Reporter: SCOTT JOHNSON SAYS HE LEARNED ABOUT THE LOSS OF WATER PRESSURE FROM HIS NEIGHBORS WHO WERE VENTING ON SOCIAL MEDIA. DOES ANYONE NOT HAVE RUNNING WATER? FOR SOME REASON WE HAVE NO WATER PRESSURE AT OUR HOUSE AND THERE ARE 40 RESPONSES TO THIS. Reporter: JOHNSON SAYS HE LEARNED QUICKLY WHAT WAS GOING ON. THE MAYOR GOT ON SAYING SHE WAS TALKING TO THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR AND HE WAS THE ONE THAT SAID THEY ARE FINDING ALL THE OPEN HYDRANTS. Reporter: POLICE CHIEF JOEL SCHARF SAYS VANDALS HIT BIG LAKE TWICE, THE FIRST TIME FRIDAY MORNING AROUND 4:00. SO MANY PEOPLE OR PERSONS THAT OPENED UP TWO OF OUR FIRE HYDRANTS AND OUR MARKETPLACE DEVELOPMENT. Reporter: THE HYDRANT RAN UNCHECKED FOR TWO HOURS, RELEASING 200,000 GALLONS OF WATER. THE SECOND INCIDENT HAPPENED ON THE SOUTHERN EDGE OF TOWN AROUND 8:30 SATURDAY NIGHT THIS TIME FOUR HYDRANTS WERE OPENED. 400,000 THE SECOND TIME SO A TOTAL OF ABOUT 600,000 GALLONS OF WATER LOST BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM. Reporter: CHIEF SCHARF SAYS WHAT WAS DONE IS A SERIOUS CRIME AND COULD HAVE IMPACTED THE JOBS OF FIREFIGHTERS IF THERE WAS AN EMERGENCY AND THAT’S NOT ALL. WE HAD A BUILDING THAT WAS CLOSE TO FLOODING FROM IT. WHEN YOU PUT THAT MUCH WATER ON THE GROUND, ESPECIALLY THIS TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN THE GROUND IS ALREADY WET, YOU COULD EASILY START TO FLOOD BASEMENTS AND BUILDINGS. Reporter: THEY HOPE TO HEAR FROM WITNESSES SO THEY CAN ARREST THOSE INVOLVED. REG CHAPMAN, WCCO 4 NEWS. THE CHIEF ALSO TOLD REG THE RUNNING WATER CAUSED SOME EROSION DAMAGE AROUND THE HYDRANTS THEMSELVES. HE SAYS THE TAMPERING WITH A

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