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Water drains from Hope Mills Lake again

Posted November 11, 2008

— Less than three months after Hope Mills Lake refilled behind a new $9.8 million dam, the lake's level dropped dramatically Monday night.

Mayor Eddie Dees said the sudden drop, which exposed weeds and branches along the lake bed, was planned.

The impoundment of the lake in October was only temporary and crews planned to drain it to run more tests on the dam, Dees said. Workers need to repair small leaks in the structure that Dees said are normal for new concrete dams.

The 750-foot-long concrete dam was built to prevent Hope Mills Lake from draining again. Torrential rains on Memorial Day 2003 washed away the former earthen dam at the lake, and the town spent five years trying to finance and then construct the new dam.

The new dam was completed in June, and the lake reached its full, 103-foot level by the end of August. Still, some nearby residents complained that the lake was lower than it had been before the earthen dam burst.

The charitable organization Friends of Hope Mills Lake expressed concern for the thousands of fish they said were stocked in the lake Oct. 29. Town officials could not confirm fish were stocked in the lake.

“Who knows what’s gonna happen to the fish,” Friends of Hope Mills Lake President Jim Williams said.

Keith Ashley, a fisheries biologist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, said as long as the lake has four to five feet of water fish should be safe. Dees said the lake level will not drop below that level.

It remains unclear when the work will be completed and the lake will be restored to its normal size.


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  • oldrebel Nov 11, 2008

    TY ncsu hydro...I couldn't get enough resolution on the USGS map to determine if the gauge was upstream or not of the mouth of the Rockfish. TY...

  • WRAL is joe_dirt Nov 11, 2008

    Hey genious (nccar), I don't have to approve. You're making a brilliant effort. You must overwhelmed by all the job offers for a journalist of your caliber. Keep em' honest I always say.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Nov 11, 2008

    hey no_more_war_4_profit......you think its' OK for a media outlet such as this to post a FRONT PAGE story about a DAM that may be lower than it was yesterday before they even asked anyone why it would be that way? That really shows the liberal mindset.....you make up stories, regardless of the consequences, or facts....now the REVISED story, as it moves down the list is ...."IT WAS PLANNED!" when they asked the mayor....and guess what...I plan on STAYING ON WRAL until they become a credible news agency again. Of course, I don't care if you don't approve!

  • ncsu_hydro Nov 11, 2008

    There is a much more informationla article on the Fayetteville Observer site; apparently this was a planned draw-down to make some additional repairs; however someone failed to coordinate with NC Fisheries personnel who had just restocked the lake with a bunch of juvenile fish about 2 weeks ago. Also the Cape Fear at Fayetteville gage is located at Person St. Bridge, upstream of where Rockfish Creek flows into the river, so the stage at the gage site mentioned wouldn't show much effect for the draw-down

  • WRAL is joe_dirt Nov 11, 2008

    Hey nccarguy, here's a clue for you: As hard as you are on WRAL's "liberal" bias, ever wonder why the moderators don't censor your brainiac criticism?

    Ever heard the phrase, "open your mouth and remove all doubt?"


  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Nov 11, 2008

    OK....here's a CLUE WRAL....why not call the town and ask what MIGHT have happened???? or the contractor that built the DAM...or the Engineer...or ANYONE that may know....ANYONE! OR...just call some toothless woman in Kansas and ask about this and the tornado. I hear the National Enquirer is looking for help!

  • oldrebel Nov 11, 2008

    I went over to the USGS river gauges site and it does show the Cape Fear flow at the Fayetteville gauging station did in fact increase sometime been 6:00pm and midnight Monday. Now this is where the water from the lake would end up but the indicated increase may be from other factors. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nc/nwis/uv/?site_no=02104000&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Nov 11, 2008

    WELL....I've found the answer, and it's SO rediculous that WRAL reported this before appearantly asking a single question to ANYONE that I'm not going to do thier work.....this liberal group is amazingly inept!

  • .Milky Nov 11, 2008

    "The 750-foot-long concrete dam was supposed to prevent Hope Mills Lake from draining again. "

    P R E V E N T?? Doh!!

  • whocares Nov 11, 2008

    Well so much for great construction. I guess that the town of Hope Mills will just have to hire another contractor to do the job the first one should have done right in the first place.