SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. -- Starting Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will cut off all Gauley River flow leaving Summersville Dam to give a crew of engineers access to the dam's outflow tunnel, allowing them to complete a once-a-decade inspection.
"This inspection is the last phase of the work that started in November of 2013," said Toby Wood, resource manager at Summersville Lake. "Future tunnel inspections will be scheduled in 10-year cycles," he said, following an inspection scheduled for 2021.
Once the inspection is complete, it will take about 90 minutes for the tunnel to re-fill, allowing water to be released from the dam. Stream flow levels in the Gauley are expected to return to normal by Wednesday night.
For information, call 304-399-5353.