Major Work Set For Rough River Lake Dam

LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (AP) -- Rough River Lake Dam is set to undergo major maintenance work in the coming year aimed at filling cracks, fissures and other openings in the bedrock underlying the earthen dam that has held back the Rough River since 1958.

The Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday announced the plans for the dam, which is about 95 miles southwest of Louisville.

The Corps' dam safety program manager, Jeff Esterle, says there's no emergency or imminent threat. Esterle told The Courier-Journal ( ) that surveys have discovered pathways in the limestone rock that could carry water under or around the dam.

Esterle says the corps does not yet know what the repairs will cost, but it would be in the "tens of millions of dollars" over the next three to five years.

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