Assembly approves money to drill into upper dam to figure out a fix


December 23, 2021

Wrangell’s water reservoir dams need fixing, and the borough assembly last week approved spending $100,000 to help determine the best options.

The state dam safety engineer at the Department of Natural Resources has identified Wrangell’s upper and lower dams as Class I (high) hazard potential with recognized deficiencies that require rehabilitation, said the borough’s Capital Facilities Director Amber Al-Haddad.

A stability study performed for the U.S. Forest Service in 1993 and a 2006 seismic study for the borough both indicated that while stable under static conditions, a seismic ev...

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