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State To Give Update On Work At Buckeye Lake

Ohio Department of Natural Resources
The Army Corps of Enginners says hundreds of home foundations carved into the dam weakened the structure and put it at risk of failing.

Officials are ready to provide an update on work to replace a deteriorated dam at central Ohio's Buckeye Lake as area residents and businesses wait to learn whether the water might be raised to a level more conducive to boating.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources scheduled an update Thursday at Buckeye Lake State Park.

The 4.1-mile earthen dam is nearly 180 years old and was weakened by several hundred homes, docks and other structures built into it. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concluded the dam was at risk of failing, and the state has kept the water level low as a precaution.

Workers have built a stability berm along the water. Officials previously said once that's done, the water level might be raised while the new dam structure is built.