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Feds Say Lost Creek Dam Floodgates Are Safe After All
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the floodgates on a Rogue River dam are safe after all. The corps said Tuesday that close inspections the past two years show the Lost Creek dam floodgates can handle the stresses of
operating with a full reservoir under all but the most extreme conditions.
As a result, next winter the reservoir will be filled to its normal height, rather than kept 8 feet below. That means more water for recreation and salmon in spring, summer and fall.
Some key repairs will still be made as money becomes available
from Congress. The corps got worried in 2010 that the floodgates could fail
during a flood because problems were discovered with a similar
design on much older dams in the Willamette Valley.