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Old 01-22-2007, 03:24 PM   #1
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Fox news: CUMBERLAND DAM has a HIGH probability of breaking

Fox news ticker tape thing just said CUMBERLAND DAM has a HIGH probability of breaking. That would really be bad news for those in the way of that.


Said TVA and KY. officials are doing everything possible to relieve pressure


The Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District, today announced plans to lower the lake level at Lake Cumberland (Wolf Creek Dam), in Russell County, Ky., effective immediately to 680 feet, in response to Corps and independent studies that have classified the dam as being at


The Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District, today announced plans to lower the lake level at Lake Cumberland (Wolf Creek Dam), in Russell County, Ky., effective immediately to 680 feet, in response to Corps and independent studies that have classified the dam as being at "high risk" for structural failure. "Public safety is our paramount concern," said Lt. Col. Steven J. Roemhildt, Commander, and Nashville District. "Since March 2005, we have modified the operation of Lake Cumberland to reduce high lake levels; we are now further lowering the lake levels to reduce risk. We understand that this decision will adversely impact many people, communities, and businesses that rely upon Lake Cumberland for project purposes and other uses, but we must take this emergency action to reduce risk to the public and to the dam its

above is what I was going to add...the edit didn't work. oh well

I don't know if folks know how big this lake is ...but if it goes...I wouldn't want to be in Nashville right now


Here's a link to the AP article about it:
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Wolf Creek Dam
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Wolf Creek Dam the Wolf Creek Dam is a dam on the Cumberland River in the Western part of Russell County, Kentucky. It was constructed to generate hydroelectricity and prevent flooding but is better known for creating Lake Cumberland, which has become a popular tourist attraction and is also the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi River.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_Creek_Dam
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Old 01-22-2007, 03:24 PM   #2
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Fox news: CUMBERLAND DAM has a HIGH probability of breaking

Fox news ticker tape thing just said CUMBERLAND DAM has a HIGH probability of breaking. That would really be bad news for those in the way of that.


Said TVA and KY. officials are doing everything possible to relieve pressure


The Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District, today announced plans to lower the lake level at Lake Cumberland (Wolf Creek Dam), in Russell County, Ky., effective immediately to 680 feet, in response to Corps and independent studies that have classified the dam as being at


The Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District, today announced plans to lower the lake level at Lake Cumberland (Wolf Creek Dam), in Russell County, Ky., effective immediately to 680 feet, in response to Corps and independent studies that have classified the dam as being at "high risk" for structural failure. "Public safety is our paramount concern," said Lt. Col. Steven J. Roemhildt, Commander, and Nashville District. "Since March 2005, we have modified the operation of Lake Cumberland to reduce high lake levels; we are now further lowering the lake levels to reduce risk. We understand that this decision will adversely impact many people, communities, and businesses that rely upon Lake Cumberland for project purposes and other uses, but we must take this emergency action to reduce risk to the public and to the dam its

above is what I was going to add...the edit didn't work. oh well

I don't know if folks know how big this lake is ...but if it goes...I wouldn't want to be in Nashville right now


Here's a link to the AP article about it:
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...TAM&SECTION=US

Wolf Creek Dam
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wolf Creek Dam the Wolf Creek Dam is a dam on the Cumberland River in the Western part of Russell County, Kentucky. It was constructed to generate hydroelectricity and prevent flooding but is better known for creating Lake Cumberland, which has become a popular tourist attraction and is also the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi River.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_Creek_Dam
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Old 01-22-2007, 03:33 PM   #3
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All we can do is pray that everyone stays safe. And that the government knows what they are doing.
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Can anyone tell mme how far from this dam to Nashville as the crow flies?
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Old 01-22-2007, 09:25 PM   #5
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East Tennessee near the Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia tri-state area. 185 miles I would guess from Nashville.
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My mistake, it is further west than I thought, but still a god distance from Nashville, Nashville also has Old Hickory Lake and dam on the Cumberland
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Old 01-24-2007, 01:36 PM   #7
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Allegro Happy:
All we can do is pray that everyone stays safe. And that the government knows what they are doing. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Pray for sure,as the government hasn't known what it was doing for years!!
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Many years ago when I was a child living in Middlesboro, KY (Cumberland Gap) we had major flooding all along the Cumberland River. It is the one time my father "fell off the wagon" once he was sure his family was safe he got back on and life was good. Floods are scary things. Even now when we have hurricanes I will not flee to the mountains because I know what heavy rains can do in those areas.
p.s. I am speaking of the 1950's.

Times haven't changed weather, old dams, etc are still the same.

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From the looks of it, about 2/3s of the dam is a caufer dam, which are not exactly the strongest things in the world. Bout the best solution would be to construct a concrete dam as they have through the remainder of the old caufer dam portions.
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