As discussed at the last several POA Board meetings, underwater specialists arrived in Big Canoe on Tuesday, April 11 to install a custom-manufactured plug into Lake Petit Dam’s lower-level outlet pipe. This plug was specifically designed to allow the sluice gate to be fully tested with divers in the water at the bottom of Lake Petit.
Please avoid the Playfield Park area so crews can safely focus on their work.
Installation of the plug is expected to take the majority of the week. Once the plug is installed, the diving team will move to the top of Lake Petit Dam early next week. Divers will clean the area around the sluice gate, which is 100 feet down on the floor of Lake Petit. As soon as it has been determined that the gate is clear, it will be opened slightly to test the lower-level outlet plug.
The final step in the process is to fully operate the gate under the watchful eye of staffers from Geosyntec, Big Canoe’s engineer of record.
If you have any questions about the process, please go to the 12-minute mark of the recording of the March POA Board meeting to hear a more detailed summary.
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