Accidental water release at Lost Creek Lake Dam prompts safety changes

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is making some changes at the Lost Creek Lake Dam after an accidental discharge of water earlier this week.

Posted: Jun 14, 2019 6:10 PM
Updated: Jun 14, 2019 6:10 PM

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spillway accidentally open-llpkg it's called the holy waters. a place people from all over come to to cast their rods and hope they get a bite. that's exactly what paul cataldo this past wednesday when he noticed something unusual. "i felt extra pressure on the back of my legs, then i felt a little more." before he knew it, the water was rising fast and he knew he needed to get to shore. "i started sliding and i turned down river and then the water just took me down river." he didn't know it at the time - but he had just been swept away in an accidental release of water. crews were working at the intake towner when a gate opened that wasn't supposed to. the release caused 44 hundred cubic feet per second of water to rush into the river right where cataldo was. he said he tried to stay calm, but knew he wasn't in a good situation. "i'd say it's about as scared as i ever was in my life." he was able to get himself to shore with the help of a few other fishermen. luckily - he wasn't hurt, just a little shaken. since it happened on - cataldo tells me the army corps has been nothing but helpful and apologetic. they gave him a tour of the plant and explained exactly what happened. "those guys were so professional and concerned, i have nothing but good things to say about them, you know accidents happen and if that's what it was, that's what it was." operations project manager chuck grady says workers are looking closely at what can prevent the mistake from happening again. they also plan on adding an alarm in the rare instance it ever does. "we take it very seriously, we want both the people fishing in the river and boating on the river, recreating on the river as well as the fish habitats to be safe." cataldo tells me despite the mistake - he fully supports the army corps. "i know people are upset about it, but i'm okay and if anything i'm glad it happened to me cause i was able to you know, get out okay." at lost creek lake, emma balkenbush, newswatch 12. [a18]lost creek spillway accidentally open-tag the army corps says that accidental release is
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