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Lake at PVCC Drains Quicker Than Anticipated

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Piedmont Virginia Community College Lake Piedmont Virginia Community College Lake
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -

Where there was once a lake full of fish on Piedmont Virginia Community College's campus, there now stands a giant empty hole. Thousands of gallons of water, and most of the fish within, disappeared down the drain in 24 hours.

The draining appears to have been planned, just not this fast.

We talked to a man on the scene who says he works for the contractor in charge of the project. He says the lake was supposed to slowly drain over one week.

That contractor says the goal was to replace a valve on the drain that hadn't been touched in about 30 years. He says the goal wasn't to actually drain the whole lake, but to leave some water for the fish to live in.

The problem is, he says they expected the lake to be around six to seven feet deeper than it is. Silt build-up over time threw off their depth expectations.

That worker estimates around 90 percent of the fish were sucked out with the water through a drain just 12 inches in diameter.

We've reached out to PVCC for comment about what happened here, but we have not heard back yet.

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