$18 Million More In Stimulus To Wolf Creek Dam

JAMESTOWN, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky congressman says federal stimulus funds will accelerate repairs to Wolf Creek Dam.

U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved an additional $18 million dollars in this fiscal year for ongoing repairs to the mile-long dam that impounds Lake Cumberland in south-central Kentucky.

A wall is being installed to correct leaks at the dam that officials said is in urgent need of repair. A dam failure would endanger communities on the Cumberland River through southern Kentucky and as far downsteam as Nashville, Tenn.

Rogers said the extra funding will bring to $87.5 million the amount being spent on repairs to the dam in this fiscal year and should move up completion of the project by three to four months.

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