- Associated Press - Monday, August 14, 2017

TERRYTOWN, Neb. (AP) - The mayor of a western Nebraska town is warning that a nearby lake is dangerous.

New warning signs have been placed around Terry’s Lake prohibiting swimming and boating, the Star Herald reported .

“We’re having trouble with kids, and some adults, that are wading and swimming in the lake,” said Terrytown Mayor Kent Greenwalt. “This is very dangerous because the lake bottom is shallow out to about 10 (3 meters) to 15 feet (4.5 meters) and then just drops off. It goes down some 30 feet from there.”

Greenwalt said he’s heard various estimates of how deep the lake actually is.

“I’ve been told it’s 40 to 50 feet (15.2 meters) deep and I wouldn’t doubt that one bit,” he said. “It could be even deeper.”

Terry’s Lake began in the late 1940s to early 1950s as a sandpit. Founder Terry Carpenter would pump sand and gravel from there to make the cinder blocks that became the town’s original buildings.

Greenwalt said summer isn’t the only time of the year the lake is deemed dangerous, citing tracks he found across the ice one winter.

“If someone is out in the middle and the ice cracks, they might fall through and no one will even notice what happened,” he said. “This problem has been going on every year for some time.”

The mayor said the city’s maintenance crew is monitoring the lake and police will also patrol the area. Greenwalt encouraged people to stop by the lake, but to stay out of the water for safety reasons.


Information from: Star-Herald, https://www.starherald.com

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