Much-needed rain misses Lake Bridgeport

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by JIM DOUGLAS

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WFAA

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 7:32 PM

BRIDGEPORT -- While parts of North Texas received good rain Thursday, a key reservoir did not.

Lake Bridgeport feeds Eagle Mountain Lake. But only rain can feed Bridgeport, and it is down about 22 feet.

It's roughly 44 percent full. Lake-front houses are hundreds of yards from water.

It's not what Pete LaBarge thought he was buying back in 2007.

"The dock was floating. You could fish off the dock," he said.

He showed us a picture of him casting a line in his backyard at the time. Pictures show nothing but water behind the house. Now it looks like farmland.

He can't recall the last time he had his boat out. Raccoons have commandeered it.

LaBarge's story is everyone's story around the southern part of the lake. Boats are cut off and business is sagging like weathered boards.

The marina on the north side of the lake remains open, renting boats and cabins. But the south, around Runaway Bay, is disappearing.

As we spoke to Pete LaBarge, dark clouds began to build. Thunder echoed across the dry lakebed. But then nothing.

He has a better chance of seeing cows than raindrops.

"That's our entertainment now," he laughs. "We can't fish, but we watch cattle graze around our dock."

As you can guess, LaBarge is a glass-half-full kind of guy. A lot more than you can say for his lake.

E-mail jdouglas@wfaa.com

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