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Trucks, Backhoe Finally Removed From Lake Tyler Mud

Taking a trip to Lake Tyler or any East Texas lake, you'll see what seems to be lots of dry land as the shoreline has receded in the drought.   But it's not really dry at all, as became painfully obvious Sunday.

Two pickups and even a backhoe got stuck in what was the lake, all in an attempt to rescue another pickup bogged down in the mud near the Highway 64 bridge.  The new backhoe was half buried.

Overnight Monday, the owners of those vehicles finally got them out, and Tuesday lake authorities told us they hope this is a lesson.

"You are looking at the bed of a lake and though it's been dry for a long time and the lake is down, you still have a crust [of dry earth] you can break through. Once you break through it, you're into some boggy material," said Greg Morgan, director of Tyler Water Utilities.

Off-roading at Lake Tyler and Lake Tyler East is against city ordinance.  Morgan says the driver of the first truck that got stuck was issued a warning for trespassing.


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