Dam in Jenkins inspected after earthquake

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

JENKINS, Ky (WYMT) - Saturday's earthquake is still causing concern in one eastern Kentucky city.

State officials were in the City of Jenkins Wednesday afternoon inspecting the dam after local engineers noticed a few problems after the 4.3 quake.

City officials say they are taking all the necessary steps to make sure the structural integrity of the dam was not compromised.

The dam was built in 1912, and Jenkins Mayor G.C. Kincer says they are constantly checking it.

"We've always been very aware of the dam, and we keep check on it regularly, not that we are threatened by it, we just want to make sure everything is good and solid," said Kincer.

After Saturday's earthquake, Kincer says they immediately came to the dam to make sure there was no major damage.

He also called in the city's engineering firm, Nesbitt Engineering.

"When I walked the base of the dam it appeared that the water at the base of the dam that was coming up had increased greater than what I had seen a year ago," said Paul Nesbitt, President of Nesbitt Engineering.

He says the water that leaks from the bottom of the dam is usually only a few inches wide, so they decided to call in Kentucky's Department of Water.

"They are just making sure that everything is as it should be. They found maybe a few little changes that they might be concerned about," said Kincer.

Nesbitt says that all dams are prone to leak, but he says this stream since the earthquake he estimates has grown ten times.

State officials recommended some water testing and continued monitoring.

"As engineers, we want numbers, so we want to put something in that we can actually get specific numbers to see if the flow continues to increase," said Nesbitt.

Mayor Kincer does not want citizens to worry about the dam. Kincer says the right people are investigating any problems.

We also called to check on other dams in the area. Officials say the dam at Carr Creek Lake and the dam at Fish Pond have both been inspected since the earthquake, and they found no problems.

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