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Manatee County to hold press conference on Lake Manatee Dam repairs

4:20 PM, Feb 14, 2014   |    comments
Manatee Dam showing all three gates open. (NOAA Southeast RFC)
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Manatee County, Florida -- The Manatee County Government will host a press conference Thursday to inform the public of measures that are being taken to repair a damaged area around the Lake Manatee dam.

The press conference will begin at 4 p.m. on Feb. 14 in the first-floor Commission Chambers of the County Administration Building. It will air live on Manatee Government Access (MGA) channel locally on Bright House channel 622, Verizon channel 30 and Comcast Channel 20 and online.

After in-depth testing and a review of cumulative data from the 50-year-old dam, a private consultant has determined that some erosion has occurred and a four- or five-day rainfall could compromise parts of the dam. 

The consultant notified Manatee County Utilities officials of their assessment Wednesday and recommended corrective actions that are now being initiated by the County.

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