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Erosion in Lake Shenandoah May Cause Flooding

A Greene County Twin Lakes resident called the homeowners association to tell them that the dam holding back Lake Shenandoah didn't look quite right.

Inspectors went out and found significant erosion inside the dam after last week's heavy rainfall. If the damage got worse and the dam broke, then it could wash out the only road out of the neighborhood for some residents and even threaten homes.

One resident, Jason Arcand, said he never had flooding problems in the past, but is concerned that there could be damage if the pipe isn't fixed.

"During heavy rainfall our backyard gets pretty damp as it is, so any kind of significant run-off could come up into the basement if it gets bad enough," said Arcand. "The furthest we've ever seen water come up, if you can see kind of in the back there near the tall evergreen, that's about the furthest I've ever seen any kind of actual standing water."

Twin Lakes Homeowners Association spokesman Jared Templeton said that they had contractors out today to develop a plan to lower the lake level by 10 feet in order to fix the pipe that is causing the problem.

As of right now they are assessing the problem and plan to have the dam fixed in a few days.


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