Twin Lakes High School welding students fix buckling sea wall

Some welding students at Twin Lakes High School are making strides to help out a home owner who lives alongside Lake Freeman.

Posted: Oct 19, 2020 4:39 AM
Updated: Oct 19, 2020 10:16 AM

WHITE & CARROLL COUNTIES, Ind. (WLFI)—In the ongoing saga of water levels dropping on Lake Freeman, homeowners are finding themselves in a bind bigger than they've ever imagined. The sea walls in some areas are beginning to buckle and these boys are here to help.

"Some of the damage that's happening to the sea wall has happened in the last few weeks," said Becky Yoder. 

Yoder is an English teacher at Twin Lakes High School and lives near some of the deepest parts of Lake Freeman.  Instead of Yoder hiring a company to fix the issue, she thought of a better idea. Giving these young men a real-life job task.

"They get to go to trade shows and competitions and they have some hands-on experience if they have an internship but not all of them are able to get an internship," said Yoder. 

These boys are led by welding teacher at Twin Lakes High School Kim Rosenbaum. They've spent four days fixing Yoder's sea wall.

"This is kind of a great experience for them to kind of come out here and see what real-life welding is all about you know sticking the rod, making sure the wells are clean," said Rosenbaum.

Senior Cole Wargo said this is a task that's definitely preparing him for his career.

"It's fun for us, for our advanced class to come out here and we get to learn more hands-on of being out in the world," said Wargo.

As a reminder, some people say water levels on Lake Freeman are decreasing due to an abnormally dry season for the area and a mandate by U.S. Fish and Wildlife. The environmental organization requires NIPSCO to keep water flowing toward the Oakdale Dam in order to preserve what the organization says are endangered mussels.

"The pressures of the earth is pushing at the sea wall and there's nothing to counter it so all of that pressure from the water keeps the sea wall straight," said Yoder. 

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