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Brant Lake dam to be repaired

BRANT LAKE The upper dam in Brant Lake is being tested in preparation for replacement of its retaining wall.

Superintendent of Warren County Department of Public Works Bill Lamy said the dam, which is also a bridge, is fine, but the retaining wall that directs water to the spillway has deteriorated.

That retaining wall also stabilizes the shoulder of Route 8, Lamy said. Theres nothing that will cause immediate failure of the bridge or dam.

Horicon Supervisor Ralph Bentley said that replacing the retaining wall is part of the towns long range plan.

Theyre doing test holes in the wall, to replace it because theres some concern that the wall could fall down and block the dam, Bentley said. He said rebuilding the retaining wall is the first step in the plan that will eventually replace the dam itself.

Lamy said that a broken gate on the downstream dam has been ordered and will be repaired when it comes in.

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