Green Castle Dam Raises Residents Concerns

By: Sarah Goebel Email
By: Sarah Goebel Email

Warren Countians continue to worry about the structural integrity of an area dam.

Some area residents have been concerned about the Green Castle Dam on the Barren River for several years.

But the Army Corps of Engineers say it is in no danger of breaking.

About two years ago we told you there was some concern the Greencastle dam was in danger of breaking.

James Copsy, who lives on the Barren River and fishes there frequently, noticed the dam was leaking.

Since then, he says it's gotten worse and is worried about his safety and other's safety while fishing on the river.

"It's got water coming under the dam where it wasn't before and about 50 to 60 feet of the dam is about to fall off in the river," Copsy explained.

This is what the dam looked like two years ago, and this is what it looks like now.

"There's people fishing, there's people canoeing and a lot of people out on the river come weekend time." he added.

Copsy says the condition of the dam has gotten worse.

He doesn't even fish there anymore.

"We came up here about two weeks ago on a Sunday and seen it and turned around and went back down river," Copsy continued.

He's afraid the dam could break any time and injure or even kill people along the river.

"I was told by Fish and Wildlife it would move big boulders, up route big trees and tear limbs from your body. I called the emergency teams to see if they had something set up if the dam was to go out and they don't know nothing about it." Copsy said.

He added that the dam hasn't been in use for about 30 years and he's been trying to find out for two years who's in charge of maintaining it.

"Nobody wants to take the responsibility of either fixing the problem or getting rid of the dam," he said.

Copsy said he's called the mayor's office, judge executives office, Fish and Wildlife and the Army Corps of Engineers, but gets nowhere.

WBKO also made some phone calls and found out the Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for the dam.

But, an official from the Louisville office tells us they evaluated it in May and say the leaking and concrete shifting is normal and there is nothing to worry about.

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