WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It looks like the spring is not the only thing boiling in Boiling Spring Lakes. So are tempers.
Neighbors are battling over just how high the city should let Spring Lake be.
“I just don’t understand why several individuals just want water up to their bulkhead at the expense of everybody else losing property,” resident Ed Wilke said.
In the past year Wilke has lost his left leg, but he says he’s not ready to lose his yard to the rising waters of Spring Lake.
“I’ve lost part of my yard, and what I’m standing on is just spongy soft,” he said. “I’ve got these shrubs that are growing that I wanted to cut, and I can’t cut them now, because with my prosthesis I can’t walk out into the lake to cut them.”
Jane Falor lives across the lake from Wilke. In June, she and many of her neighbors successfully petitioned the city to raise the level of the lake.
She admits that the current drain system is not ideal, but after spending 33 years on the lake she hopes it never goes back down.
“This lake will never go back down again,” Falor said. “They will fix it so that the water will be at the right level. It’s not going to go any lower than this. The water that is out there now is supposed to be out there.”
Wilke said, “If they would just pull that elbow off of that drain pipe down there, the water’s going to drop, and my yard’s going to be dry, and my neighbors yard is going to be dry.”
City Commissioner will hold a meeting Tuesday at City Hall to hear both sides of the argument as to whether or not the lake should continue to rise or be allowed to fall to its natural level.