Leaking Pond?

The drought is taking a toll on West Virginia's only natural pond.
Trout pond in Hardy County has aThe drought is taking a toll on West Virginia's only natural pond.

Trout pond in Hardy County has been closed to the public because of an active and dangerous sinkhole.

It usually covers more than three acres and is 35 feet deep and home to many native trout.

Right now, only four feet of water remains. Forestry technician Preston Deaver says in the middle of July it started dropping as the drought became more severe.

And, it kept dropping about three to four feet a day until it reached its current point.

There is some good news; the pond is up a foot after Wednesday’s rain. But, Deaver says an underground collapse is still possible.

A team of geologists who surveyed the damage says it may be just a historical cycle the pond goes through to clean out silt and mud.
een closed to the public because of an active and dangerous sinkhole.
It usually covers more than three acres and is thirty five feet deep and home to many native trout.
Right now, only four feet of water remains.
Forestry technician Preston Deaver says in the middle of July it started dropping as the drought became more severe.
And, it kept dropping about three to four feet a day until it reached its current point.
There is some good news, the pond is up a foot after yesterday's rain.
But, Deaver says an underground collapse is still possible.
A team of geologists who surveyed the damage say it may be just a historical cycle the pond goes through to clean out silt and mud.


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