The informant explains that his family has a cabin on a lake that they go to each year. The lake is called Lake Almanor because the director of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PGE) had three daughters named Alma, Mary, and Norah. There used to be a town where the lake is now and PGE bought up all the land and created a dam over the town, so there’s an entire town underneath the lake. The informant explains that at night by the lake you are able to hear a creaking noise and that is supposedly the door to the grocery store still under there. The informant explains that the ghosts of the former townspeople haunt the city because it was unjustly taken away from the citizens and all of the buildings still exist underwater.
The story of the haunted lake with the city underneath displays individuals’ interest in stories of societies, which have been treated unjustly and the belief that those people get revenge via haunting certain places. The story of the creaking door underneath may actually be true – this is what makes the story more intriguing.