Wolf Creek Dam completion ceremony moved, security increased

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is changing the location for Friday's Wolf Creek Dam completion ceremony due to forecasted severe weather that will preclude setup.

The District is also increasing security measures for the ceremony. Added security measures are being implemented due to the Boston bombings, according to the corps.

The new location is the Russell County Schools Auditorium/Natatorium. The ceremony time is also being moved from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Russell County Schools Auditorium/Natatorium is located at 2167 U.S. 127, Russell Springs, Ky. 42642. Doors open at 9 a.m.

All persons and vehicles entering the Russell County Schools Auditorium/Natatorium property are subject to search. No firearms or weapons are allowed on the property. Violators may be subject to prosecution.

All bags, backpacks and personal carry items will be searched by law enforcement or security personnel before attendees will be allowed to enter the auditorium. The public's cooperation is appreciated during this time of increased security levels.

"This is a monumental occasion for both the local and downstream communities that rely on the dam for its economic and water management benefits," said Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp, Nashville District commander.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District placed concrete for the last pile of the barrier wall March 6, which completed the last and most critical component of the dam safety project required to mitigate seepage through the karst geology deep in the foundation of Wolf Creek Dam's embankment.It was the last of 1,197 piles that are approximately four feet in diam! eter and extend as deep as 275 feet, traversing through the embankment, and well into bedrock. Altogether they interlock to form the barrier wall.

The Lake Cumberland pool is being raised from elevation 680 feet above sea level, which was maintained during construction, to the first incremental operating zone between elevations 700 and 705. The lake level is currently at 695 feet.


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