- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

MILLERSPORT, Ohio (AP) - The state has asked hundreds of homeowners on the deteriorated dam at Ohio’s Buckeye Lake to remove their docks and other structures, such as decks, in preparation for construction of a replacement barrier.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has said the 4.1-mile earthen dam is at risk of failing because it has been weakened by about 370 homes and other structures built into it. Docks not removed by those owners at their own expense by Nov. 1 will be dismantled by construction crews and stored for two months in case owners want to claim those materials, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said in letters sent to the residents this week.

Dock removals by the workers would be considered part of the project’s cost and owners won’t be charged, but the state can’t guarantee the condition of the dismantled materials, department spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle said. She said the department is trying to work with residents so that construction can start as soon as possible, but it also needed to consider liability issues if docks are damaged during removal.

“Some people said, ‘Hey, just tell us what we want to do, or what we’re supposed to do, and we’ll do it,’ and we’ve had some people say the exact opposite,” indicating they’ll leave the dock removal up to the construction crews, McCorkle said.

The lake has been kept low as plans are made for the replacement barrier. The project is expected to take several years.

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