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Ohio Asks Buckeye Lake Dam Residents To Remove Their Docks

Excavation of an embankment at Buckeye Lake for a new house
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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's been weakened by about 370 homes and other structures built into it.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says docks not removed at the owners' expense by Nov. 1 will be dismantled by construction crews and stored for two months in case owners want to claim those materials.

A department spokeswoman says that 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.