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Mystery island floating on Pinto Lake


ACTION NEWS REPORTER LAUREN SEAVER HAS TONIGHT’S TOP STOR LAUREN: PEOPLE WHO LIVE NEXT TO PINTO LAKE SAY AFTER THIS WEEKEND STORM THEY SAW PLENTY OF WATER AND WIND IN THEIR BACK YARD BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING ELSE THAT CAUGHT THEIR EYE TOO. GREXIT GOT UP THIS MORNING AND AN ISLAND APPEARED. CAME BACK AND IT WAS GONE. LAUREN: A HALF-ACRE FLOATING CHUNK OF LAND MOVING AROUND PINTO LAKE. OF YOUR CAPTURE THIS VIDEO FROM HELICOPTER WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. RIGHT ABOUT THE TIME MIGHT JOHNSON AND HEI PERLM TTER SPOTTED THE ISLAND.>>I WAS AMAZED. I NEVER SEEN THAT BEFORE. LAUREN: THE CHUNK OF WETLAN HAS WELL-ESTABLISHED PLANTS. IT LIKELY BROKE OFF.>>WE MAY HAVE A HIGHER FLOW AND THE VELOCITY OF THE WATER IN THE STRENGTH OF THE WIND PULLED THE ROOTS OUT AND MAY BE ROOT SYSTEM GOT IN THAT WAY. LAUREN: THE ISLAND MOVED IN FRONT OF THE BOAT LAUNCH AND SHIFTED TO WHERE IT IS NOW. MACLEOD SAID THIS FLOATING ISLAND MAY BE ABLE TO HELP PINTO LAKE’S TOXIC ALGAE PROBLEM.>>IT IS MOTHER NATURE’S WAY OF CLEANING THE WATER. IF IT DID ROUTE THE BRITS WOULD EXTEND DOWN TO THE SEDIMENT AND START PICKING UP SOME OF THE NUTRIENTS THAT ARE FUELING THE BLOOMS. LAUREN: PUBLIC WORKS HAS TO DECIDE WHAT THEY DO WITH THE ISLAND. IT MAY ROUTE ITSELF OR THEY MAY HAVE TO ANCHOR IT. THERE ANXIOUS TO SEE IF MORE ISLAND APPEAR.>>ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE NOW. I WOULD NOT COUNT IT OUT. WE CERTAINLY HOPE ONE CHUNK AT A TIME AS ALL WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH. LAUREN: MCCLOUD AND HER TEAM ARE HOPING TO HEAD OUT ON A BOAT TO CHECK OUT THE ISLAND TOMORROW OR FRIDAY. THEY HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL SOME OF THE LAKE FLOODING GOES DOW ERIN INTERESTING. THEY THINK IT MIGHT BE GOOD FOR A LAKE THAT NEEDS HELP. THE CITY IS ASKING BOATERS TO

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