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Board orders emergency action to lessen danger from compromised private dam in NE Oklahoma City

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A northeast Oklahoma City homeowners association was ordered Friday to take steps to minimize the risk that the dam holding back a neighborhood lake could fail, placing several dozen homes in peril.

In an emergency order signed by Executive Director Julie Cunningham, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) said erosion beneath the spillway poses a danger to the structural integrity of the earthen structure.

The Lakeside Dam is on the east side of Air Depot Boulevard, north of Hefner Road. Because of the danger, Air Depot will be closed at least until Tuesday from Hefner north to NE 115 Street.

An OWRB analysis showed about 38 nearby homes are at risk, should the dam fail. They are on Bravada Court, the west side of Slash Pine Drive and Bravada Drive, the west side of Air Depot between NE 115 and NE 122, and Autumn Road between NE 109 and NE 113.

The Lakeside of Oakdale Homeowners Association had begun drawing down the lake level and was to continue the drawdown pending submittal of plans for temporary repairs and a hearing at OWRB headquarters on Wednesday.

William Crum

OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman. Read more ›

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