Engineers Say Midlothian Dam Won’t Break

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MIDLOTHIAN - There's been so much rain this month, it nearly caused a dam disaster! When rising levels in Midlothian's Padera Lake had water spilling over the dam early Wednesday morning, engineers and police thought the dam was going to break.

Residents were told to get ready to evacuate themselves and their livestock.  Authorities even prepared to shut down highway 287 in case a wave of water flooded Soap Creek.

Luckily, none of that ended up being necessary since the dam held firm.

Whew, close call!

Engineers used a controlled breach to take pressure off the dam and dug a relief channel to lower the lake levels for when more rain comes.

They'll keep monitoring those levels, but for now it seems 287 will stay open, and the cows can stay home.

Crisis averted, everybody!

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