DEC works to stop potential dam breach

By Anna Norris

DEC works to stop potential dam breach

August 22, 2014 Updated Aug 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) After reports of a possible dam breach in Tioga County, The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation started working on a three-step plan to stop it.

On August 21, the Emerald Lake Dam was potentially endangering residents in the Richford and Berkshire areas, according to a news release sent by Tioga County emergency communications.

Engineers examined the dam and proposed a three-phase plan to stop the structural deficiency of the dam, according to the release.

Phase 1 has been completed and the water has been reduced to a safe level, Tioga County said.

The owner of the privately-owned lake and the DEC will continue to monitor the dam.

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