View Full Version : Dam in distress requires repairs

09-22-2007, 10:31 PM
From the KNoxville Paper

While a seven-year, $309 million repair project continues on the seeping Wolf Creek dam in southern Kentucky, another dam upstream of Nashville soon could require repairs on a similar scale.

Center Hill Dam in Dekalb County east of Nashville needs $240 million in repairs to correct seeping in the limestone foundation, according to a new report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Corps have kept water in the lake low since 2005 to keep pressure off the dam, and further reduction in lake levels would be necessary to start the repair work, which is estimated to take seven to 10 years to finish.

Its a serious seepage problem were having, and were taking steps to fix that, said Bill Peoples, spokesman for the Nashville Corps office.

Dam failure could result in the flooding of Caney Fork River, a popular trout stream, and the Cumberland River Valley, including low-lying parts of Nashville. The Corps is monitoring the dam for sinkholes or other signs of emergency failure, Peoples said.

The report analyzes several environmental effects of lower lake levels, which could kill fish downstream.