Imagine you live next to a lake for the better part of your life. The lake was there and a part of the community for as long as you can remember. Now imagine one night you go to bed with the lake being there and the next morning its gone.
Thats the surprise Walker Lake Residents just got. The lake was there and then it wasnt. Yes, water reservoirs and lakes are drying up in California, but for most it happens over lengthy periods of time. For Walker Lake it was literally overnight.
And unfortunately, thousands upon thousands of fish are dead as a result of it.
CBS Sacramento has more.
Thousands of fish lay dead in what used to be Mountain Meadows reservoir also known as Walker Lake, a popular fishing hole just west of Susanville.
Everywhere that you see thats wet, there was water, said resident Eddie Bauer.
Residents say people were fishing on the lake last Saturday, but it drained like a bathtub overnight. Bauer has lived near this lake his entire life. This is the first time hes ever seen it run dry. He and other residents want answers.
The company that manages the damn say they did not drain the lake. So where did the water go? People were fishing the lake just days before and then suddenly the entire thing emptied overnight?