Downtown streets haven't been the only thing overloaded with rainwater.
Summer storms have made Zorinsky Lake look more like, well, a lake.
The southwest Omaha lake was drained in November after the discovery of zebra mussels, a small black-and-white-striped mollusk that clogs pipes, freezes up cooling systems and kills off native species.
On Tuesday, a significant amount of water rippled and shimmered in sunlight on both sides of the lake near 168th Street and West Center Road.
Dave Tunink of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission said storm water run-off in the lake has been building up because of a clogged drainage outlet. The water has been draining very slowly, he said.
“I figured it was just the rain,” said bicyclist Cassie Churchill. “Just a few weeks ago, I saw people in the middle of the lake, standing on dry land.”
Government officials hoped to kill off the zebra mussels by letting a small amount of water freeze and asphyxiate them during winter.
The most recent tests for the mussels came back negative, Tunink said.
“As long as the tests come back negative, and once it stops raining, we could tentatively refill the lake in July,” he said.
The lake must drain again before refilling to reduce the toxins in the water, Tunink said.
At the latest, the lake would be refilled by October. Game and Parks had planned to begin restocking the lake with largemouth bass, walleye, black crappie, bluegill, muskellunge and channel catfish this fall.
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