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State, Licking County Officials To Discuss Faulty Buckeye Lake Dam

Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Buckeye Lake Dam

Ohio emergency management officials plan to discuss the precarious situation with a faulty dam at Buckeye Lake.

State and local officials plan to brief the media on Monday morning on emergency preparedness planning for residents who live near the reservoir about 30 miles east of Columbus.

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report released last Wednesday said the 180-year-old earthen dam along the north bank of Buckeye Lake is faulty and should be replaced immediately, or the lake drained to prevent a catastrophic failure.

The report said a dam failure could endanger the lives of 3,000 people who live and work near the lake.

The state Department of Natural Resources says it will keep the nearly 5-square-mile lake at lower winter levels until it can fully evaluate the report.