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Doyle declares re-opening of Lake Delton today, a year after wash out

Gov. Jim Doyle will declare the re-opening of Lake Delton at a ceremony today, the first anniversary of one of Wisconsin's most graphic natural disasters.

Heavy rains and flooding washed out part of nearby County Trunk A, and created a channel which drained the man-made lake, and all-or-parts of five homes floated away down the Wisconsin River.

The dramatic video was shown worldwide.

And it sparked a large reduction in tourist business in the Wisconsin Dells area last summer.

Doyle and other state officials committed to refilling the 264-acre Lake Delton before the start of this summer's tourist season.

And the governor will mark the occasion in a program at the site of the Tommy Bartlett Show where the water-ski performers made their return in time for Memorial Day.