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Dam on the verge of collapse

Posted at 10:03 PM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 09:00:41-04

It's the result of a lack of attention, despite multiple warnings.

Owned by Liberty General Store, it sits at the headwaters of the Grand River.

The dam, and the pond it retains, seem to be on their last legs

"I started telling the people that run the party store last fall that this was failing, and they'd laugh at me," said resident Brad Horsford, who's worried the dam will break soon

Brad has been monitoring the dam's condition, all the while telling the owners, DNR and more authorities.

On Monday, he went to check on the dam.

"Sure enough, there's no water going over the top of the dam, it's actually emptying out."

He reached out to a member of the DEQ.

"He's going to contact the owner and see, I said 'It's too lake to contact the owner.' Because as it drains down it's going to start killing wildlife."

Brad says he's fished on the pond, and has seen many different species there.

"My concern is for the fish and the animals that rely on that water for sustaining life."

He's not just worried about the animals...many properties are located downstream, and are at risk for damage.

"They have bridges and nice things that they've built down on the water's edge."

And he wants the problem to be solved before it's too late.

"I'd just like to see it fixed properly."