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Wixon Lake in Midland County could be drained

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MIDLAND COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Wixon Lake in Midland County's Edenville Township could soon be drained.

The Midland Daily News reported Boyce Hydro cannot afford to make repairs to the dam holding back the Tittabawassee and Tobacco rivers.

The fate of the lake rests with two dams that hold back all the water and right now the fate is unclear.

It needs $8 million for the repairs, or the dam could be removed. If that happens, the lake will be drained.

If residents want to keep their lakefront property, they would have to foot the bill. It would cost them $170 a year for the next 20 years.

Todd Deardorff and his family are spending this Memorial Day weekend at their lake-front home. Deardorff says, with a letter recently submitted by the dam owner to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, he's concerned the lake may vanish.

Deardorff says, "I would have to get a canoe.  Get rid of a family ski boat and get a canoe."

Boyce Hydro, which would not comment, sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, outlining the company's plans for a license surrender of Edenville Dam, citing it cannot afford to pay for the necessary dam upgrades.

In the letter, Manager Lee Mueller states the company simply can't afford the modifications. Now there's lots of unanswered questions.

Larry Woodard is president of the Lake Association. Woodard says he's concerned Boyce may be forced to begin the work, which calls for lowering the lake by 8 feet.

Once the company runs out of money, Woodard fears it will be forced to remove the dams and return the lake back to the Tittabawassee and Tobacco rivers.

It's a move that would devastate property owners.

The association is preparing for the potential disaster and members have started the Edenville Dam Project study group. They're also reached out to the feds. So far no response.

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