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March 21, 2013

Wolf Creek Dam ready for Cumberland’s water

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 The wall, a minimum of two feet thick, extends from the work platform 275 feet downward to about 100 feet into limestone bedrock beneath the dam.   
  The project, of a scope never done anywhere in the world, is designed to stop uncontrolled seepage that has plagued the dam since it was completed in December 1950. Wolf Creek Dam in 2005 was declared in high risk of failure and the water level was lowered 40 feet in January 2007 to facilitate the current rehabilitation project that is nearing completion.
  The earthen section of the dam is bolstered with two additional walls: A shorter barrier wall extending about 15 feet into the limestone bedrock was installed during the 1970s following a near breech of the dam during the late 1960s, Also, remaining in the dam is a protective concrete embankment wall fashioned with 6 feet-by-9 feet concrete panels to stabilize the earthen embankment while the most recent wall was inserted.

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