Here's a video link to the incredible footage of Lake Delton near the Wisconsin Dells suddenly draining after a dam broke on Monday. And here's a full newspaper report with photos and maps from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal. The story includes this unsual quote: "It's pretty hard to put a water ski show on when there's no water on the lake." And here's the link to a great photo that shows what happened geologically -- the dam to the left is still okay but a sogged sandy bank between the lake and Wisconsin River in the center gave way, releasing the lake's backed up water. Once the water broke through the lake bank, it took only about three hours for the lake to drain dry.

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mdr's picture
mdr says:

Unbelievable!

posted on Tue, 06/10/2008 - 8:25pm
Joe's picture
Joe says:

I have been reading about this on line - it is so crazy - a drained lake! Since it is a manned made lake, they can refill it, and according to this Wikipedia entry they plan to:

Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle announced on June 10 that the state would repair the lake. He described the lake as crucial to the billion dollar Wisconsin Dells tourism area. Engineers with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are studying the lake, and Doyle said it will only take about two weeks for water from the Dell Creek to refill the 267-acre lake. Dell Creek is still flowing down to the Wisconsin River through the new channel. It unknown how long it will take to repair the breach in the highway and the collaterally damaged areas. Russ Rasmussen, director of watershed management for the DNR, said restoring Lake Delton will be more involved than simply filling in the new channel.

posted on Wed, 06/11/2008 - 2:04pm
abrian's picture
abrian says:

valcanos r a mazing

posted on Sun, 06/15/2008 - 2:06pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

hey SMM it is Joe in Chicago at Nature Unleashed - does this comment show up?

posted on Mon, 06/16/2008 - 11:07am
mdr's picture
mdr says:

I can see it.

posted on Mon, 06/16/2008 - 3:08pm

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