$54 million Secured For Ongoing Dam Repairs

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) - A federal spending bill includes 54 (M) million dollars for ongoing repairs at the Wolf Creek Dam. The funds are targeted at stopping seepage and stabilizing the lake's level once the fixes are done.

The money was part of the fiscal year 2008 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, which the House Appropriations Committee approved today.

The Wolf Creek Dam in Russell County confines Lake Cumberland, the largest manmade lake east of the Mississippi River. The Army Corps of Engineers has embarked on a seven-year, 309 (M) million-dollar repair project to control seeping under the dam.

US Representative Hal Rogers, of Somerset, Kentucky, says obtaining these funds is a critical step in getting the dam fixed.

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