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Official: Rains no problem for Wolf Creek Dam

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) - An official at Wolf Creek Dam says recent heavy rain in the Cumberland River Basin is causing Lake Cumberland to rise quickly but Wolf Creek Dam should be able to withstand the increased pressure.

Tom Hale, operations manager for the lake, told The Commonwealth-Journal in Somerset that flooding on the Cumberland River had raised the lake to around 700 feet above sea level.

The level was expected to rise another foot or two before stabilizing this weekend. Pool stage in normal operation is 723 feet above sea level.

Wolf Creek Dam has been undergoing a complete rehabilitation since the mile-long structure was declared in high risk of failure in 2005. The $584 million project is about 70 percent complete. Work is expected to be done by December 2013.

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Information from: Commonwealth Journal, http://www.somerset-kentucky.com

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