BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WECT) – Water levels are falling at the northern portion of Spring Lake, causing concern and fear from people who live there.
At the last town council meeting, two people expressed their anger about the situation and are blaming town officials for the problem.
The problem started five years ago when the town replaced an old pipe used for draining water. But some say the pipes are draining too much and water levels are dangerously low.
Jane Falor has lived along the lake for 33 years.
"They've lowered this lake to the point that it's becoming a stinky smelling, mosquito infested lake," said Falor. "My yard is filled with junk and all the water is coming out of the lake."
For the past two years, she's been keeping track of the levels of the lake. According to her measurements, it's down by more than six inches. The decrease in water is causing the pitcher plants and venus fly traps in her backyard to stop growing. As a result, tall weeds are taking their place. To make matters worse, Falor says crews from the movie Tammy trashed the lake when they were filming recently.
"They made a movie out here and the boats tore stuff up on the lake," said Falor. "It all washed up over here to my property and when it gets hot outside, it stinks!"
Falor thinks the Town Manager, Jeff Repp is to blame.
"The town manager doesn't do anything but give us a pain in the butt," said Falor.
She thinks it's because the town manager lives at North Lake.
"Do you think any other lake in this town is like that," asked Falor. "We feel like the step-child of the town."
Town leaders heard Falor's concerns at the town hall meeting on Tuesday night, but that doesn't change how she feels.
"It makes me sick that they're destroying this lake because of stupidity," said Falor.
The board of commissioners agreed to look into the matter and the city will now research whether raising the level of the water by six inches would be beneficial for all residents living along that portion of the lake.