On-site Construction Manager David Welker told The Cadiz Record in its April 23 edition, “There’s no underground lake. We’re through drilling and haven’t found one.”
Construction management company Codell Construction’s representative Richard Mitchell said, “In the case of drilling two of the elevator wells, we punctured through to a void. In cases where this happens, we protect our equipment from debris with a steel case around it.”
Mitchell said that the two steel pipes encasing a second PVC pipe around the elevators’ counterweights cost $3,500. He praised the quick delivery of the pipes, adding, “With diesel over $4, I didn’t know they could be hauled for $3,500.”
Welker explained his earlier answer, “We don’t know if it is a lake.”
The Cadiz Record asked specifically about an underground lake, rumored to exist beneath downtown in local folklore.
“Currently, we have not explored the area,” said Mitchell. “We’ve protected our materials, but we haven’t explored. It could be five feet or 500 feet. It could run from here to China or be 18 inches in the area. That’s the only condition we know at this point.”
Mitchell said that workers struck the void 15 feet after drilling commenced or 56 feet for the first hole and 57 for the second. He said after 20 feet, workers found water, and at 25 feet, found the floor of the void.
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