The dam is about finished and the water is starting to pool! Soon, the Town of Hope Mills, NC will have the cherished lake that the town was named after to enjoy once again! This event has been long awaited by the residents of Hope Mills, NC and the surrounding areas. It's been a long time since the sun has set on the beauty of Hope Mills Lake.
Five years ago on Memorial Day 2003, a sudden and very heavy rainstorm centered itself over the Fayetteville, NC and Hope Mills, NC areas. The storm dropped a deluge of rain resulting in the eventual demise of the earthen dam that once held back the water of Hope Mills Lake.
The new dam is quite a concrete creation. With the bill totaling around $9.8 million dollars, the Town of Hope Mills has began filling the lake and everyone that remembers what it was before is waiting in anticipation. During the dry time, many trees and bushes have sprouted in the lake bed causing the Town of Hope Mills to send in cleanup crews to cut down the trees and get the lake bed ready for refilling.
The new dam is 750 feet in total length and was created in a zig-zag pattern. This dam is 600 feet longer than the old one to meet the new regulations in holding back the massive amount of water.
When completed, the dam will be named in the honor of former Hope Mills, NC Mayor John Henley.
If everything goes as planned the lake is scheduled to be filled by August 2008 and town officeials plan an October dedication ceremony of the new dam.
For those that remember the former swimming area, it is being increased in size along with adding paddle boats and kayaking.
I was born in Fayetteville, NC...about 20 miles from Hope Mills, NC but I can remember the old Hope Mills Lake very well. The days of the 4th of July fishing tournaments, the water skiing and the "old swimming hole" are very fond. I for one look forward to the lake making a comeback and once again being a place of family enjoyment.
The MyNewNCHome Team is proud to serve the Hope Mills, NC area of North Carolina and surrounding areas!