County gets timeline on compromised Lake Manatee Dam repairs

7:17 PM, Feb 28, 2014   |    comments
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Bradenton, Florida -- Engineers say it could take close to two months to fix parts of the Manatee County dam they say have been compromised.

"It was uncomfortable hearing that news," says Nicholas Azzara, outreach manager for Manatee County.

Azzara says after finding out that parts of the 50-year-old dam may have been compromised, he knew there was immediate work to be done.

"A majority of samples is done," says Azzara.

Engineers have spent the past week testing the soil and a memo out to the Manatee County commissioners Friday confirmed the worst.

"There is some soil undermining areas of the dam that needs to be reinforced," says Azzara.

Azzara says it could still be another week until we know for sure how big the area is that's compromised and says those living downstream should remain high and dry as construction will be complete before rainy season starts.

"It should take 30-45 days and anything more will be done by June 1," says Azzara.

However, those living downstream should know that there is a risk any time construction takes place at the dam and Manatee County wants to make sure you're registered with their alert system in case danger were to take place. Just visit mymanatee.org/alerts to sign up.


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