REPORT: Dam at power plant breached by Florence floodwaters

BY KAT SHEPHERD / SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 /

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Duke Energy said Friday that a dam containing a large lake at a Wilmington, North Carolina, power plant has been breached by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence. They said it’s possible coal ash from an adjacent dump is flowing into the Cape Fear River.

Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said Friday that floodwaters continue to overtop an earthen dike at the north side of Sutton Lake, a 1,100-acre reservoir at the L.V. Sutton Power Station. That water has caused several breaches in the dam on the south end of the lake, which is flowing back into the river.

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Company officials said that because the river is already running high after the hurricane, they do not expect the breaches in the dam to affect the water level.

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