Cracked plan: 'Frozen' lake swallows up parked cars (VIDEO)
Visitors to the Winterfest in the resort town near Chicago decided to ignore warnings and park on what they thought was a frozen lake.
In a victory for Joni Mitchell fans everywhere, 15 unlucky festival goers found their cars and trucks partially submerged in the eight-square-mile freshwater body.
One of the owners Laurie Oberhelman told WDJT: "We were coming in and there were a lot of cars and not a lot of parking spots, and we looked and I said oh look there's plenty of cars parked on the lake. People park on the lake all the time from what I understand so let's do it. It was a bad choice."
The cars were removed by the local fire department with 10 of the 15 cars deemed a total loss.
Good luck claiming that off your insurance.
"Fortunately it's only a property issue right now, and nobody was injured or in the vehicles when they started to submerge. So it's a bad day, but a good day at the same time," Lieutenant Ed Gritzner told WDJT.
Those who lost their cars stuck around anyway to watch the US National Snow Sculpting Competition at Winterfest. Maybe Princess Elsa could sculpt them a new car.
Lake Geneva was once a playground for the rich and (in)famous. Al Capone and Hugh Hefner spent many summers around the glacial lake.
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