- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

BLISS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The state says it has found the source of a dam failure in a rural area of Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula and plans to repair the structure.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resource announced last month that O’Neal Lake Dam in Emmet County’s Bliss Township had failed, possibly due to heavy rains. The dam located along Sucker Creek creates a body of water known as O’Neal Lake.

WPBN-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1vzU7JV ) engineers assessed the dam after DNR crews drained O’Neal Lake and they believe water leaked beneath a retaining wall. DNR Wildlife Supervisor Brian Mastenbrook says repairs on the dam will start as soon as possible.

Public land is downstream, including Wilderness State Park. The dam is made up of about 140 feet of earthen berm and a spillway.

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Information from: WPBN-TV, https://www.tv7-4.com


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