Meridian, Miss. City officials say Bonita Lakes will actually be full of water in three months. That hasn't happened for about ten years. Posted: 4:44 PM Jan 27, 2011
Reporter: Lindsey Brown
Linda Loyd walks for her health, but she's getting pretty tired of looking at an empty lake.
"I hope they can hurry up and get some water in it, so it can look better," said Loyd. "It's not very pretty out here without it."
Well, there is good news for Linda and all the other people who visit the lake. The water is on its way up.
"DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality) came over this week and inspected the work that has been done and approved it and gave us authorization to begin filling it.," said Meridian public works director, Monty Jackson.
"I noticed yesterday," said Loyd. "I was thinking, hallelujah. I'm glad."
It's still going to be a gradual process. At this point, the city is going to fill it half way, then watch to make sure there are no problems. If it looks good, the lake will be at full pool in the two to three months.
"It has been a question on many people's minds," said Jackson. "We had to meet certain standards and get DEQ's approval before we could move forward because dam safety is a huge concern. Because when you lose a lot of water, it can be catastrophic downstream."
This is probably the lowest this lake has been in a long time. But through the years, it has fluctuated. During the entire process, though, people have still come out here to exercise.
"It gets the job done right now, but it'll be much more beautiful with all the water," Loyd said.
The timing couldn't be better, as all the beautiful daffodils will be blooming as the lake returns to its former glory.