Earl Gordon looked out over his back fence Thursday morning to say hello to the ducks, like he usually does.
What he saw astounded him: Fryer Creek, which runs by the back of his house at Third Street West and Bettencourt, was emptying out. The water level had already dropped two feet, he estimated, and showed no sign of slowing.
“When I got up this morning there were no ducks, and I realized – there’s no water!” he said. Gordon estimates that tens of thousands of gallons had drained away overnight.
Gordon went out to investigate, walking the path along the creek behind Nicoli Lane. As he approached MacArthur Street, he saw it.
A round hole, at least a foot in diameter, had opened up under the creek bed just north of MacArthur, and countless gallons of water were draining into it with a loud gurgling sound. Tadpoles, fish and other animals could be seen falling in – and no one knew where the water drained to.