Corps of Engineers to Hold Public Meetings on Seeping Dams

Nashville (AP) -- The Army Corps of Engineers will conduct three public meetings in Tennessee to discuss the safety of Wolf Creek and Center Hill Dams.

The Corps announced Monday it will draw down the water level in Lake Cumberland in south-central Kentucky to take pressure off of Wolf Creek Dam, which is seeping. The agency says the dam poses a high risk of failure.

If it collapsed, the largest reservoir in the eastern US would send a surge of water into Tennessee, threatening cities like Celina, Carthage, Gallatin and Nashville.

The Corps said last month it was going to lower Center Hill Lake on the Caney Fork River because of seepage, but later determined the mud was kicked up from the bottom by waves. It will continue to study Center Hill through this year before making any decision.

The public meetings are February 6th in Nashville, February 12th in Hendersonville and February 15th in Gallatin.

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