Note: This shocking story has been widely reported by the local media in Tennessee and Kentucky but remains largely unknown in other parts of the country.
Has the government gone too far to keep maps out of the hands of [tag-ice]terrorists[/tag-ice]?
Apparently some Tennessee residents who live in the pathway of the powerful and dangerous [tag-tec]Wolf Creek Dam[/tag-tec] think so.
It is now feared the Jamestown, KY dam could break because of eroding limestone. As a result, the Army Corp of Engineers now rates it for a “high risk failure”.
While work is going on to repair it, many residents down river now know there is a possibility the worst could happen.
There could be the complete flooding of such towns as Celina, TN, and damage to at least 2600 homes in Wilson County, TN, just for starters. Further downriver lies [tag-cat]Nashville[/tag-cat] and estimates of potential damages could topple $3 billion.
Didn’t the citizens have a right to know so they can be making life-saving flood contingency plans?
I guess the terrorist alert was too high, because the showing of the [tag-self]flood maps[/tag-self] was a long time coming. After all, there have been known problems with the [tag-self]dam[/tag-self] for at least the last 30 years. But the problems have greatly intesified recently, and so has the need for information.
Thank goodness common sense has prevailed. Let’s hope the dam’s foundation also prevails until the $309 million upgrade is completed. What is needed now is time and luck.