By Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is surveying property lines on the deteriorated Buckeye Lake dam to clarify boundaries of state land before major construction work begins there.

The 4.1-mile earthen dam in central Ohio is about 180 years old and has been weakened by several hundred homes, docks and other structures built on it. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concluded the dam is at risk of failing, and the state is making plans to install a new barrier there.

First, though, officials want to delineate where the state land ends and private property starts. The Advocate in nearby Newark ( ) reports the department sent residents along the dam a letter last week to notify them that surveying work is beginning. It’s expected to continue until October.

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