BURR RIDGE, Ill. -- Imagine buying a piece of lakefront property, your own personal, tranquil oasis. The one day you wake up to find the lake gone.
How do you lose a lake?
That’s what some Burr Ridge homeowners want to know.
Up until a couple of days ago, the tiny lake attracted all kinds of wildlife.
Now it’s a stinky little pond of standing water that attracts nothing but mosquitoes. And at a time when we’re worried about West Nile and the Zika virus, homeowners are pretty anxious to get their water back.
— Tom Negovan (@WGNNegovan) August 5, 2016
Residents say the water went from “a little low” to nothing in no time. Thousands of gallons of water were gone in a matter of hours.
The lake appears to have drained harmlessly into a nearby creek.
A broken pipe or ground erosion may have caused the vanishing act. Local officials from a few different agencies including the park district are looking into it.