Lake Tapps residents wonder: Where’s the water?
By Scott Sistek – KOMO News 4 Seattle
Published: May 21, 2007
PIERCE COUNTY – All the ingredients are in place for a great Memorial Day weekend on the largest lake in Pierce County — except the water. The tap has run dry on Lake Tapps.
Patsy Bradwell is trying to sell her lakefront home.
“My husband’s going to be so disappointed,” Bradwell said. “We just put (a new boatlift) in, and it’s never been used.”
It’s the Bradwell family’s last Memorial Day weekend on Lake Tapps. They’re selling their house, under the optimistic heading of “waterfront property.”
The water, which naturally goes down even further than this in the winter, always returns before Memorial Day weekend.
“I just know it’s going to be there for Memorial Day which is going to be our first party of the year and last party (here),” she said.
The water level’s beached million dollar homes, turned waterslides into cruel jokes and exposed dangers for boaters with old stumps dotting the surface.
Sgt. Jerry Lawrence is telling the thousands expected here this weekend to stay off of the lake if the level doesn’t go up drastically.
“Just going to have to wait it out for another couple weeks until it comes up, that’s the safest thing to do,” Lawrence said.
Puget Sound Energy owns the lake. They say to blame the low water levels on the weather. A cool, dry spring, and little snowmelt means there’s little water heading into Lake Tapps.
That means Patsy Bradwell has little hope her house will sell when her waterfront looks so barren.
“I think it’s going to take us longer to sell the house, until the water comes up and the weather is hot,” she says.
The water level is going up. PSE says it’s going up about 6 inches a day. Lake Tapps is expected to rise to normal levels by middle June.
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