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Fayetteville Subdivision Loses Lake After Saturday's Rains

Posted June 20, 2001 11:11 a.m. EDT

— One day of heavy rain was all it took to destroy a lake's dam in Fayetteville's Cottonade subdivision, and one family who lives there is having a hard time getting adjusted to their new backyard view.

"This is nature in your back yard right here. You couldn't ask for anything else," says Rocky Carr.

Now, Carr is asking for her lake back. "Mother Nature has her own fury," she says.

What was once home to fish, birds and geese is now an empty shell. The dam, which is over 50 years old, has been a peaceful escape for dozens of families in this neighborhood.

"This lake and this dam was here long before I came, " says Phil Flynn.

Flynn has lived in Cottonade for more than 30 years. He says that although the lake was beautiful to look at, the dam was weak and needed repairs

"It's too bad, but I think if we get it rebuilt we can get it much stronger, and we won't have to worry about it again," he says.

But for Carr, the wait will be a long one. She says it will not be easy getting used to spending her mornings in the back yard alone.

"I just miss my nature's family," she says.

The dam is owned by David Broadwell of the Broadwell Land Company. Thursday, crews will be here digging up the land for repairs. The lake should be back to normal within the next six months.