MDOT and Village of Lake Orion are performing emergency
repairs to the Paint Creek dam under the M-24 bridge
INSPECTION START DATE:
Friday, Aug. 18, 2017
REPAIRS START DATE:
Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017
Mid-Late Sept. 2017
Out of an abundance of caution, the Michigan Department of Transportation and Village of Lake Orion are performing emergency repairs to the dam under M-24 (Broadway Street). Beginning at
9 a.m. today, complete and detailed underwater inspections will be performed to the M-24 bridge and Paint Creek Dam. Repairs will begin Saturday morning with the installation of a temporary dam along the bank of the Lake Orion dam, on the west side of M-24, and will divert water away from the Paint Creek dam. Another temporary dam will be installed downstream of the Paint Creek Dam. Repairs will take approximately a month and will include a combination of steel sheeting, concrete and large rocks along with soil stabilization measures to ensure safe operations of the dam structure and spillway.
The water levels of Lake Orion may go down for a few days during the installation of the temporary dams.
As a reminder, the scheduled drawdown remains scheduled for September 12.
The Village of Lake Orion has an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for the Lake Orion Dam to safeguard lives and reduce property damage to the citizens living along Paint Creek.
The Lake Orion Police Department, Village Officials, Orion Township Fire Department, County, State and Homeland Security officials met to prepare the emergency response to the highly unlikely event of a change in the condition of the dam. Some of the plans include; police and fire going door to door for emergency evacuation of residents and pets.
MDOT and the Village of Lake Orion co-own the Paint Creek dam and routine inspection discovered the issues needing immediate repair. Village staff will monitor the water levels frequently and ensure repairs are being expedited as safely as possible.
Current plans include keeping M-24 open although lane closures will be needed at times during construction of the temporary dams.
Village of Lake Orion
Orion Charter Township