CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Crews continue to work on the $10 million spillway at the Oakdale Dam.
"We've had severe flooding here in the past. Even some earlier this year and a couple years ago that many residents remember," NIPSCO communications director Nick Meyer said. "The improvements that we're making, it would be able to support something even greater than that."
Meyer said the project is part of a federal upgrade to ensure the safety of people living downstream.
"That in the event of a major, once in a lifetime, catastrophic flood that the facility would be able to withstand, at least attempt to withstand that type of impact," Meyer said.
If a flood happens, water will flow over the new spillway and preserve the lake wall around Lake Freeman.
"Water has somewhere to travel safely rather than coming over the top of it and having an impact on the earth over there and moving things around," Meyer said about the spillway.
Meyer said the spillway will also be useful if something happens at the Norway Dam upstream and an extreme amount of water is released into Lake Freeman. He said the changes made at the Oakdale Dam are the first of its kind in the country.
"It is kind of nice to be among the first to make this improvement, but again it's really all about safety and making sure that if something catastrophic were to happen that we'll be much safer in the future," Meyer said.
The project is set to be complete in December.
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