Corps of Engineers Post Potential Dam Flooding Maps Online

Nashville (AP) -- The US Army Corps of Engineers has posted online maps that predict flood damage on the Cumberland River if the Wolf Creek Dam in Kentucky failed.

The maps were previously displayed at public meetings and in public libraries in communities along the river.

The corps had resisted posting them online or releasing them to newspapers, citing security concerns.

The Wolf Creek Dam is in the midst of a $309 million repair project to control dangerous seeping under the structure's mile-long earth embankment.

The dam in Russell County impounds Lake Cumberland, the largest manmade lake east of the Mississippi River.

Officials have announced plans to keep the level of Lake Cumberland low through this year's summer season to relieve pressure on the dam.

Officials are concerned that a failure at the dam, though unlikely, would cause flooding in Kentucky and Tennessee cities along the Cumberland River.

Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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