Corps of Engineers Post Potential Dam Flooding Maps Online

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers has posted online for the public viewing maps that predict flood damage on the Cumberland River if the Wolf Creek Dam in Kentucky failed.

The maps were previously displayed at public meetings and in public libraries in communities along the river, but the Corps had resisted posting them online or releasing them to newspapers, citing security concerns, The Tennessean reported.

The Corps said last month it planned to begin posting the maps online, saying "the public's need for knowledge and understanding of the situation partly outweighs the need for security," according to the Web site.

The Wolf Creek Dam is in the midst of a $309 million repair project to control dangerous seeping under the structure's mile-long earth embankment.

The dam in Russell County impounds Lake Cumberland, the largest manmade lake east of the Mississippi River that attracts millions of recreational visitors each year.

Officials have announced plans to keep the level of Lake Cumberland low through this year's summer season to relieve pressure on the dam. Officials are concerned that a failure at the dam, though unlikely, would cause flooding in Kentucky and Tennessee cities along the Cumberland River, including parts of downtown Nashville.

The maps predict different ranges of inundation, based on variations in how badly the dam would fail and drain the reservoir and how quickly water levels would rise downstream.

In the worst-case scenario, the maps show portions of Nashville being inundated, including the following sites: LP Field, where the Tennessee Titans football team plays; the Country Music Hall of Fame; parts of Lower Broadway, where the city's honky-tonks and other attractions are located; the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center; and the Roy Acuff Theater, where the Grand Ole Opry is located during peak tourist season.

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The maps for the five Kentucky counties and 15 Tennessee counties threatened by flooding can be seen on the Corps' Nashville District Web site: http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/WolfCreek ---
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by LenthallsDam Washout Location: Australia on Oct 12, 2008 at 04:02 PM
    Gates constructed in December 2007 at Lenthalls Dam on the heavily impounded Burrum River failed to lower to release flood water as designed in Febuary 2008. Wide Bay Water was the constructing authority and responsible for the design and operation of the dam gate infrastructure. Our upstream farm house, where the tributaries join the dam proper was cut of when flood water continued to back up much higher than the constructing authority Wide Bay Water had predicted the water levels would ever go. Three family members were stuck at our farm house. The emergency evacuation plan found in the Lenthalls Dam Emergency Action Plan called for evacuation after water levels reached RL26.91 - water levels reached 27.4 at the dam wall flowing over the blocked gates and backed up to RL28.5 at our house. No one evacuated the famuily members stranded in rising water. No one from the constructing authority Wide Bay Water contacted us to undertake evacuation or explain the risk we faced
  • by Douglas Location: hyden on Apr 13, 2007 at 04:22 AM
    How many local and state owned "Minority , small, HUB zoned businesses" will be asked to participate in this $309 mil project? Who will keep an eye on this project to protect Ky businesses?

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