First embankment created in Wolf Creek Dam

The first protective concrete embankment wall panel has been put in place inside Wolf Creek Dam. It's something officials working on the project consider a significant accomplishment.

Rehabilitation Project manager David Hendrix told the Commonwealth-Journal that the permanent wall in the remainder of the 4,000-foot-long earthen section of the dam is scheduled to be in place by December 2013, before area being currently worked on is completed.

The nearly mile-long structure impounds Lake Cumberland, the largest man-made reservoir east of the Mississippi River. The lake's water level has remained about 40 feet below typical summer depths since January 2007, when the $584 million repair project began.

If Wolf Creek Dam fails, it could flood towns and cities down the Cumberland River in Kentucky and Tennessee, reaching

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