Snow Melt Threatens Dam

Snow Melt Threatens Dam
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 11:00am

Rising waters put intense pressure on Michigan dam.

(WJFW) A looming dam failure is a very real concern for people near the Michigan community of Marenisco.

A huge amount of water from rapid snow melt is putting far more pressure on the 54-year-old dam than usual.

On Monday night, it began to give.

"We had a failure in the gate, right in the middle of the gate, where the top of the gate cracked and began to bow out," Mahler said. "Our maintenance supervisor was able to get it hooked, and get it cranked back into place."

The temporary solution looks like it will keep the community of Marenisco and the roadways around here in good shape.

But more precipitation predicted later in the week has people thinking more pressure could be put on the dam.

Leaders are hoping not to repeat what happened in 2002, when the earthen works on the sides of the dam failed and Marenisco flooded.

Now, the rebuilt earthen works are strong, but it's the dam itself that presents the biggest threat to the community.

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