- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

BUCKEYE LAKE, Ohio (AP) - The water at central Ohio’s Buckeye Lake is set to be lowered following the state’s decision to maintain winter lake levels until its deteriorated dam can be replaced.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says partial draining would begin Thursday and will continue for about a week.

A recent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report concluded there’s a high risk of failure at the 4.1-mile earthen dam at Buckeye Lake, about 30 miles east of Columbus. The report said such a failure could put 3,000 lives at risk.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) has said Ohio will replace the dam and keep the lake at lower winter levels of about 3 feet.

ODNR tells The Columbus Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1MEARG0 ) recent rains have put the lake more than 10 inches above winter level.

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