Inspections Ordered for Dams Near Nebraska Quake

October 4, 2010

Inspections have been ordered for seven dams located near the epicenter of a recent earthquake that rattled four central Nebraska counties.

KHGI-TV reports that officials with the Central Platte Natural Resources District are worried that the Sept. 26 quake may have damaged seven dams between Cozad and Lexington.

The U.S. Geological Survey has said the quake had a magnitude of 3.0, with the epicenter 6 miles southwest of Oconto in southern Custer County. It also could be felt in Dawson, Gosper and Lincoln counties.

The NRD’s general manager, Ron Bishop, says heavy rains earlier this year washed out some of the earthen dams, so there’s concern about earthquake damage.

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