Wolf Creek, Old Hickory and Center Hill Dam's, real danger or hype causing panic?

  1. 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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    Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Feb 28, '07 : Reason: Article Shortened
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   DutchgirlRN
    Kentucky and Tennessee are the only states affected? All I hear in the news and all day on TV is talk about being flooded if/when the Wolf Creek Dam breaks. I think this may be in line with Y2K. They seem to be scaring everyone for something that is likely "not" to happen. The largest church in our town holds 3,000+ people and the weekly meetings are standing room only. The flood maps are at the local library and you'd be hard pressed to get a look at them. The value of lake front homes is plummeting. Is it just me or are they making too big a deal of this?
  4. by   DutchgirlRN
    Bump!
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    I think the facts must be determined.
    Flooding of any city, no matter the population, must be prevented if possible.

    Pretty scary after Katrina.
  6. by   CHATSDALE
    not to be a crepe hanger but the engineers warned of the danger of flooding of new orleans for 40 years before it got slammed by katrina and the levees burst
    keep abreast of the news and keep your car full of gas and an emergency kit for a quick get away if you are in danger of flooding
    good luck
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