Engineering Company To Inspect Lake Shawnee

By: Stephanie Schultz
By: Stephanie Schultz

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Parks and Recreation Department will negotiate a contract with Professional Engineering Consultants based in Topeka to help inspect Lake Shawnee this year.

Commissioners approved the plan today during their weekly meeting.

The dam must be inspected every three years because it is considered a high hazard dam. This means if a breach in the dam took place, a lot of homes, businesses and trails would be affected.

Parks and Recreation Director John Knight says they made repairs to the dam several years ago to keep it working properly.

"About eight to nine years ago we did some significant work to the spillway structures there at the dam," Knight said. "We had some leakage starting to occur through the rock on the outside of the spillway areas. We've plugged all those and reshaped and reconfigured the spillway structure."

Knight doesn't expect there to be any issues with the dam this year.


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