The lake that disappeared
NEWCASTLE "” Three years ago, Edward Dougherty and his wife, Marva Nesbit, built what they thought would be their dream home on Sherman Lake. The couple's place off Lynch Road was designed so that nearly every room and window offered views of the 216-acre lake. As an added bonus, their property afforded ample opportunities to kayak, canoe or fish.
But on the morning of Oct. 9, Dougherty woke to a shocking sight. The lake was completely gone, drained after a dam washed away during a heavy rainstorm. When he told his wife the lake had vanished, she nearly fell over.