Wolf Creek Dam Leak

By Lori Mitchell | 

The Army Corps of Engineers has discovered a leak beneath Wolf Creek Dam in Russell County. The dam holds up Kentucky's largest lake and could wipe out Burkesville's entire community if it breaks.

Engineers there's only a 15% chance of that happening, but some local residents are taking action to be prepared if it does.

"We're in the process of applying for grants for a warning system."

Emergency Management teams and fire officials are forming an evacuation and notification plan. They say water would reach the town in three hours, and cover the community in 48 hours.

The dam needs work totaling $300 million. Congress will have to approve funding for repairs.