LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An independent panel of experts has
recommended to the Corps of Engineers that the level of Lake
Cumberland be lowered at least 30 feet more to minimize the chance
Wolf Creek Dam will fail.
The panel was hired by the corps to examine engineering
decisions and found that there's a significant potential for
failure of the dam under normal operating conditions. The group
found that lower lake levels would help avoid a failure due to
seepage through the dam and its foundation. It also suggested the
corps consider additional repair alternatives.
Spokesman Keith Ferguson for the expert group says the
recommendations are intended to avoid any further damage that might
be occurring to the dam. Ferguson is national program director for
water resources for the engineering consulting firm Kleinfelder
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