Repairs Stopped On Wolf Creek Dam

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Rapid settling in an area of Wolf Creek Dam has caused the Army Corps of Engineers to temporarily halt emergency repairs.

The Courier-Journal in Louisville reported Friday emergency repairs on the dam that impounds Lake Cumberland have been stopped while officials investigate the settling where an earthen portion of the dam meets a concrete section that includes the power house.

Barney Davis Jr., chief of the corps' Nashville engineering-construction division, said there is no cause for alarm.

However, Davis said that portion of the dam is settling at a faster rate than the one-eighth inch per year settling noted for the rest of the impoundment.

He said the portion being checked dropped nearly an inch in the last year.

Officials said the delay should not put repairs behind schedule, but could delay a decision on whether to raise the water level in the lake in south-central Kentucky.
Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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