ISABELLA COUNTY (WJRT) -
(05/14/14) - The water is back at Windoga Lake. The lake located in Isabella County's Sherman Township set empty for two summers, but things are finally getting back to normal.
It was an expensive fix.
The problem started in March of 2012. Experts say a hidden hole that formed in the dam below the water's surface emptied the lake.
It cost about $100,000 to fix.
Some people were worried the water would never return, but homeowners in the area dug deeper, paid out more to foot the repair bill, and now they have their lake back.
"We had to raise the money so we had to have special assessments for the lots. When all that was done, it was a matter of getting the contractor and fortunately it didn't take them very long, so we are really pleased," said homeowner Stephen Sprague.
The dam was repaired last fall.
This spring, property owners along Windoga Lake had another problem - when the snow melted, it flooded the area. The water has receded and the beautiful view of the lake helped wash away memories of the spring-time troubles.
"Mother's Day we had barbeque and the kids were already in the water. A little bit cold, but I guess if they wanted to they could," said homeowner Shannon Christy.
The Property Owners Association worked with the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality to get the dam fixed.