Drained Lake Tapps in Washington revealed its secrets

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Drained Lake Reveals Its Secrets

Lake Tapps has been tapped. Officials had to drain the 4.5 square mile reservoir near Seattle to make essential repairs to a dam.

What it revealed looked like another planet a long-forgotten railway trestle, an desolate underwater forest, a half-buried tape cassette of who knows what other debris from the past.

Tapps was created more than 100 years ago to generate hydroelectric power. Today, it's purely for recreation. Mount Rainier looms in the background of the scenic waters.

The lake is now being refilled and is on target to be back to normal by Memorial Day 2015.

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