Dam Repair Updates

12/1/2018: Mother nature did not cooperate this fall. We had more rain than I can remember for this time of year. The water level overwhelmed our temporary dam making it impossible to complete the repairs.

The good news is that the work that was done has solidified the dam and prevented any failure. We now have to wait for the winter season to end and the water level to drop so that the top slab and key wall can be constructed.

2/12/2018: The good news is that we have stopped the Dam erosion. In mid-October we built a temporary coffer dam with 1200 lb. blocks, plywood, tarpand crushed stone to block the water from flowing under the bridge. We then hired a mud sucker truck and removed large quantities of mud, sand, rocks, branches, plastic, etc. We then purchased nine cubic yards of special concrete and had it pumped into the resulting huge hole. This formed a solid wall behind the dam face preventing water flowing through the boulder face. See updated photos below.

The bad news is that mother nature through us a curve ball and deluged us with several days of downpours that overran our coffer dam making it impossible to pour the reinforced concrete slab and key wall. We have been waiting for the level of the lake to drop so we could complete the project but it now appears that we have run out of time this year. As soon as the water level drops next year we will complete the project in three or four days. 

12/12/2017: The good news is that we have stopped the Dam erosion. In mid-October we built a temporary coffer dam with 1200 lb. blocks, plywood, tarpand crushed stone to block the water from flowing under the bridge. We then hired a mud sucker truck and removed large quantities of mud, sand, rocks, branches, plastic, etc. We then purchased nine cubic yards of special concrete and had it pumped into the resulting huge hole. This formed a solid wall behind the dam face preventing water flowing through the boulder face. See updated photos below.

The bad news is that mother nature through us a curve ball and deluged us with several days of downpours that overran our coffer dam making it impossible to pour the reinforced concrete slab and key wall. We have been waiting for the level of the lake to drop so we could complete the project but it now appears that we have run out of time this year. As soon as the water level drops next year we will complete the project in three or four days. 

Thanks to all who have contributed and supported this important project. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Al Breton

10/13/2017: DelRay Construction spent two long days completing phase one of the Dam repair. The temporary dam was constructed with 1200 lbs. cement blocks, marine plywood, tarps, crushed stone and sandbags. Phase two next week will consist of installing a pump to control water seepage and mud sucking under the bridge. See photos below.

10-7-17: Sixteen volunteers met at the Skyline Quarry and filled one hundred and fifty sandbags then deposited them near the dam. Jerry Dwyer, Bill Keohane, Maureen Keohane, Dave Gauthier, Dominick Cristelli, Vic Laptik, Thomas Burns, Skylar Burns, Ron Campbell, Leon Veretto, Chris Veretto, Frank Kirchhof, Patty Kirchhof, Joe Breton, Dolores Breton, Al Breton. Thank you all for a fantastic job!

10-4-17: We will be fixing the dam in the next couple of weeks. We need volunteers to fill sand bags this Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. We will meet at the dam (north end of the lake on Conklin road) at 9am and proceed to Skyline Quarry which closes at noon. 

7/25/17: We have begun purchasing material for the Dam repair. The target date to start is late August or early September. The primary obstacle for starting is the high water level. This makes building a coffer dam to hold back the lake more difficult. Lets hope we don't get a great deal of rain before then.

This letter was distributed to lake residents in order to increase awareness of issues with the dam and to attract new membership for the association.
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