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#11277823 - 12/12/15 09:54 AM Lake Lewisville Dam could be in trouble
Shortliner22 Offline
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Just saw this. What are your thoughts?
Lake Lewisville - "Troubled"

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#11277876 - 12/12/15 10:24 AM Re: Lake Lewisville Dam could be in trouble [Re: Shortliner22]
Tony from Oak Point Offline
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To quote the article:

Rehabilitating the aging dam, which is now well past its design life, won’t come cheap. Corps officials estimate repair costs between $50 million and $500 million, depending on which method or methods are chosen.

First of all, why was a dam build with only a 50 year life span? I am tempted to grumble about all of the government's recent massive expenses but I try not to be political online.

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#11277885 - 12/12/15 10:29 AM Re: Lake Lewisville Dam could be in trouble [Re: Shortliner22]
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Interesting read. It's funny that they mentioned the South Fork Dam in Johnstown, Pa. I grew up in Johnstown and of course not there in 1889 for that one or the one in 1936. I was part of the 1977 flood that devastated the city once again. Newly married we lost everything including several family members and friends that we graduated with. Hence the nickname for the city as "The Flood City". As bad as that was I could not imagine the devastation that a breach at Lewisville would create. Thanks for sharing.
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#11277892 - 12/12/15 10:33 AM Re: Lake Lewisville Dam could be in trouble [Re: Shortliner22]
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Ranger Z21. Thats awesome. We're from the same area. I grew up in Ebensburg and I used to work at the Flood Memorial.

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#11278010 - 12/12/15 12:19 PM Re: Lake Lewisville Dam could be in trouble [Re: Shortliner22]
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That's cool. Small world. I spent many a summers camping at Prince Galitzen State Park. We go back every summer for two weeks to visit friends and family. I grew up in the west end section of Johnstown.
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#11278140 - 12/12/15 01:57 PM Re: Lake Lewisville Dam could be in trouble [Re: Shortliner22]
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How much money does the govt waste each year?
Seems to me they could find the funds to fix an extreme problem.

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#11279673 - 12/13/15 02:14 PM Re: Lake Lewisville Dam could be in trouble [Re: Shortliner22]
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I am sure those bridges they are building over dry land in Fort Worth will solve this problem.
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#11281061 - 12/14/15 07:49 AM Re: Lake Lewisville Dam could be in trouble [Re: Tony from Oak Point]
don the angler Offline


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Originally Posted By: Tony from Oak Point
To quote the article:


First of all, why was a dam build with only a 50 year life span? I am tempted to grumble about all of the government's recent massive expenses but I try not to be political online.


I thought about the same thing. What did they plan to do after the 50 years?
The way I understand the article was that downtown Dallas could be under fifty feet of water if the dam fails. I just can not see it. Downtown is not in the flood plain. The warehouses along Riverfront Blvd. will be under water for sure.
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#11281450 - 12/14/15 10:51 AM Re: Lake Lewisville Dam could be in trouble [Re: Shortliner22]
ftwfishing Offline
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Hope everything is ok
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#11281650 - 12/14/15 12:14 PM Re: Lake Lewisville Dam could be in trouble [Re: Tony from Oak Point]
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Originally Posted By: Tony from Oak Point
To quote the article:


First of all, why was a dam build with only a 50 year life span? I am tempted to grumble about all of the government's recent massive expenses but I try not to be political online.
limited funding and the people that designed it and worked on the project knew they would not be around in 50 years to take the heat

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#11282255 - 12/14/15 05:23 PM Re: Lake Lewisville Dam could be in trouble [Re: Shortliner22]
Streetwalker Offline
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Loc: Kaufman...kind of.
50 years is pretty much the expected life span for that type of dam.
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#11282348 - 12/14/15 06:04 PM Re: Lake Lewisville Dam could be in trouble [Re: Shortliner22]
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I looked it up and found an article from 2010 warning about the dam.
Now-to get a committee together-6 months.
To make a decision from the comittee-6 months
For the managers to go over the committees decision-6 months
For the managers to reccommend action-6 months.
You can see why the article was in 2010 and nothing has been done.
Our tax dollars at work.

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#11282764 - 12/14/15 08:49 PM Re: Lake Lewisville Dam could be in trouble [Re: Shortliner22]
Cowtown Kid Offline
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They will have all the plans together and the contract will be out for bids when the dam fails.

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#11282913 - 12/14/15 10:11 PM Re: Lake Lewisville Dam could be in trouble [Re: Shortliner22]
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Guess we need to start a sand bag line lol
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#11283022 - 12/14/15 11:56 PM Re: Lake Lewisville Dam could be in trouble [Re: Shortliner22]
Mike Ryan Offline
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Very troubling to read about the dire situation the dam is in now.

One of the first things to come to mind for me is there is so much we as a nation are challenged with to prevent those black flag waving goobers and all others on the planet that wish us harm from succeeding in causing significant damage and possible loss of life.

And the thought; the prayer, that they will never be successful in reeking equitable damage and the horror that we may have victimized ourselves through inattention or lack of urgency to a known problem.

Damn, and I mean literally damn.



Edited by Mike Ryan (12/15/15 12:38 AM)

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