built more than 50 years ago, the wolf creek dam is in danger. on monday, the army corps of engineers deems it a dam at high risk of structural failure .
the dam holds back 101 miles of the cumberland river, near jamestown in south central kentucky. now, the dam is weakening and immediate action is being taken to stop what could be a catastrophic flood.
army corps of engineers colonel steve roemhildt said, “we are not seeing conditions at the dam that eminent failure is possible, however there are things happening at the dam that we just don't know about.”
“we have initiated an emergency grouting program where we will pump in a lean concrete into the dam to fill the voids left by the on going erosion.”
officials said even though the risk is high, there is no sign of an imminent failure. they said if the dam were to have a catastrophic failure, people along the cumberland from kentucky all the way through middle tennessee should be aware of what could happen and what steps to take to protect their homes.
if the wolf creek dam were to break, starting 101 miles up the cumberland river in jamestown, the town of celina would likely be flooded first. then, water would flow downstream toward carthage and old hickory lake impacting the towns of gallatin, hendersonville, mt. juliet and old hickory before flooding downtown nashville's riverfront area, all the wayup to fourth avenue, by many estimates.
the army corps of engineers said failure of the dam is not imminent, but the situation is serious enough to put the wolf creek dam at the top of the corps' highest risk dams list. for more information and to comment on this story, visit www.outdoorstn.com
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