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Jan 03

Midland Daily News Top 10 Stories: No. 6. Sanford Dam repairs

“Residents around Sanford Lake saw an earlier than expected end to their summer boating season in August when the water level began to drop for emergency repairs to the Sanford Dam.
Dam owner Boyce Hydro, LLC, found wet spots in an embankment that indicated leaking and took the emergency step to prevent further damage or a possible dam failure. Many boat owners began pulling their boats, though other boats were left to sink into the sandy lake bed.
Boyce did repairs that included removing a top layer of the embankment and installing drainage materials with sand and a limestone top layer. Repairs were initially expected to be completed by September, but took longer than expected.
The lake level dropped as much as 3 feet to allow the embankment to dry, but officials hoped to be able to complete repairs with a higher water level. That plan didn’t work and the level was dropped again, and will remain that way into the spring, when the regular winter draw-down period will end.”

Source: Top 10 Stories: No. 6. Sanford Dam repairs