- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

LEWISVILLE, Texas (AP) - Experts are conducting a safety modification study on a Dallas-area dam where repairs continue following a 160-foot landslide that raised concerns about more soil slipping.

The Denton Record-Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1MyD5Y2 ) reported Tuesday that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials are concerned about future risks at Lewisville Lake Dam. Col. Calvin C. Hudson II, the Fort Worth district commander, says that the Corps will begin a project for addressing dam issues once the study is completed. It’s expected to get underway in July 2018.

“We really accelerated that because we (weren’t) supposed to start until 2020,” he said.

Hudson says that a $6.4 million project to repair the 161-foot landslide along the upside stream is on schedule to be completed by late spring. The project began in January after the slide was discovered last June following heavy rain and flooding.

Record rainfall last summer caused about $30 million in damage and closed some parks and recreation areas at Corps-managed lakes.

“We are focusing on our remediation of those areas right now so that we can re-open those and get them back and turn them back over to the public so that they can enjoy them as they were designed to do,” Hudson said.

Corps officials will host a joint press conference with Republican U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess next week to discuss in-depth details about the study’s status and progress.

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Information from: Denton Record-Chronicle, https://www.dentonrc.com

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