By William Crum
Work was to begin Thursday to repair a private dam that, because of spillway erosion, was found to present an imminent threat to residents living nearby.
Oklah0ma Water Resources Board (OWRB) staff reviewed repair plans on Wednesday and gave the go-ahead for work to begin.
On the east side of Air Depot Boulevard just north of Hefner Road, Lakeside Dam is owned by the Lakeside of Oakdale Homeowners Association.
The 2,000-foot-long earthen structure impounds an unnamed tributary of Deep Fork Creek, forming a neighborhood lake overlooked by chic homes along Waters Welling Way.
Were the dam to fail, 38 homes could be flooded, according to a map that shows where lake water would flow after a breach.
OWRB spokesman Cole Perryman said staff met with Lakeside Dam owners, their engineer, and an Oklahoma City Public Works engineer to discuss the plans for long-term repairs.
The OWRB issued an emergency order last Friday requiring that the lake level be lowered to reduce the risk of a failure and that the repair plans be submitted by Tuesday.
Perryman said by email Wednesday afternoon the plans were reviewed and "the OWRB has determined that construction repairs can begin.
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