Independent Panel Studying Leaks At Wolf Creek Dam Issues Report

Louisville, KY (AP) -- An independent panel studying the leaks at a dam on Lake Cumberland issued a report Tuesday.

The panel is looking at the ongoing problems at Wolf Creek Dam. That dam holds back the giant lake and is undergoing millions in repairs. The report says the dam was in at risk to fail if action wasn't taken.

The Army Corps of Engineers says a failure at the dam could flood cities along the Cumberland River into Tennessee, as far south as Nashville.

The panel had called for the water line to be lowered by 70 feet from its summer levels. The Corp later decided to lower the lake by about 40 feet. Members of the panel said Tuesday that they were in agreement with the higher water line as long as the dam is constantly monitored.

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