Firm Gets Contract for Canton Lake Dam Project

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $2.6 million contract as part of a larger project to repair and improve Canton Lake.

The contract was awarded to Cookeville, Tenn.-based Fuel Tank Maintenance Co., to repair a bridge and sluice gate on the lake's dam.

The most recent award will restore a bridge built in the 1940s to allow modern weight load limits, said Jerry Grosz, resident engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Canton Lake. This project is just a small piece of the 10-year construction effort, he said. By repairing and adding more sluice gates, which control the flow of water from the dam, the corps can ensure that Oklahoma City is protected in the worst-case scenario.

In the 1990s, the corps studied Canton Lake and determined that the probable maximum flood, the largest flood event possible, would overtop the dam and overwhelm the North Canadian River with millions of gallons of water. This water would flow into downtown, flooding most of Bricktown and what is now known as the Chesapeake Arena, Grosz said. …