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Corps To Hold Lake Cumberland At Lower Level

JAMESTOWN, Ky. (AP) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Lake Cumberland will maintain a lower water level while repairs continue at the dam that impounds the massive reservoir. 

Officials announced earlier this year that the water level would be dropped 40 feet from its typical summertime mark while work is done at Wolf Creek Dam in Russell County, Ky.

The Corps has said the dam is leaking and is in urgent need of repair. 

The Corps said in a statement Friday that risk to the area is lower because of reduced pressure on the dam and decreased seepage. 

Part of the $309 million repair project includes pouring runny cement into underground caverns to plug leaks.

The Corps said that portion of the project should be completed by September.

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