Congress has approved $116 million for repair work on Wolf Creek Dam in the current fiscal year, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell announced Thursday.
Lawmakers earlier approved $123 million for the project, but the amount was pared down as House and Senate conferees hammered out details of the budget, said Tom Cayce, chief of program and project management for the Army Corps of Engineers district that operates the dam.
The corps had budgeted $123 million for the repair project, but the amount approved should not have a major effect on the work schedule, Cayce said.
The only remaining step is for President Barack Obama to sign the budget bill, McConnell said in a news release.
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The dam impounds Lake Cumberland. Water is seeping through holes in the rock under the earthen part of the dam, creating a risk of failure.
The corps is overseeing a project to build a massive concrete wall inside the earthen part of the dam to seal off the leaks.