Lake Mead is a massive water reservoir, a lake formed by the titanic Hoover Dam that is responsible for watering a good chunk of the water-starved west.
Problem is, it can only staunch the thirst of the parched desert lands if it’s full, and now a massive drought has drastically drained it dpwn to its lowest level since it was filled in the 1930s.
In fact, the situation there had gotten so bad that, as CNN reports, one of the water intake valves, a piece of the machinery of the great water reservoir that was never meant to be visible, can now be seen. As that outlet reports:
Lake Mead — the largest manmade reservoir in the country and a source of water for millions of people — has fallen to an unprecedented low.
The lake’s plummeting water level has exposed one of the reservoir’s original water intake valves for the first time, officials say.
The valve had been in service since 1971 but can no longer draw water, according to the Southern Nevada Water Authority, which is responsible for managing water resources for 2.2 million people in Southern Nevada, including Las Vegas.
Across the West, extreme drought is already taking a toll this year and summertime heat hasn’t even arrived yet. Drought conditions worsened in the Southwest over the past week, the US Drought Monitor reported Thursday. Extreme and exceptional drought, the two worst designations, expanded across New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado — all states that are part of the Colorado River basin.
Well, the water level has dipped to such an extreme low that it’s not just an intake valve that can be seen. According to recent reports, a body in a barrel was discovered too.
With the lake level dropping at Lake Mead, bodies are showing up….this could get interesting….🤔 pic.twitter.com/Yw02aWgrBJ
— Troy Warren (@chvyrod) May 2, 2022
Las Vegas area news, reporting on the shocking discovery and what details are currently known about it, said:
The body found in a barrel at Lake Mead on Sunday may have been underwater for as long as four decades and more bodies are likely to appear as the lake recedes due to severe drought, Las Vegas Metro police homicide Lt. Ray Spencer told the 8 News Now I-Team.
Police suspect the person was killed in the 1980s based on personal items in the barrel, Spencer said. He would not elaborate on the person’s cause of death or the items found, citing the ongoing investigation.
That same Lt, Lt. Spencer, added that “It’s going to be a very difficult case,” while also adding that more bodies might be found as the water level continues to recede, saying “I would say there is a very good chance as the water level drops that we are going to find additional human remains.”
Adding to that point about there potentially being more bodies, Lt. Spencer also said “I think anybody can understand there are probably more bodies that have been dumped in Lake Mead, it’s just a matter of, are we able to recover those?”
The police are currently trying to figure out who the remains are, but there’s been no news yet on what success they’ve had or if there even is any chance of success. But, perhaps, it will prove good practice as more of these bodies that were originally dropped far offshore end up being part of the shoreline.