- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Army Corps of Engineers officials say they’re temporarily changing the way water is released from Lake Allatoona after a fire in the dam’s powerhouse.

Officials said in a statement that they were re-energizing the dam’s powerhouse after a planned maintenance outage Monday afternoon when a breaker failed and caused the fire.

Officials said Tuesday that water will be released from the dam’s spillway gates rather than the generators, and a team of experts is evaluating the facility. Officials say it’s unclear how long the repairs may take.

Army Corps of Engineers officials say the dam was not damaged in the fire and no injuries were reported. Spokesman E. Patrick Robbins says there will be no change in the volume of water being released from the lake.

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