Lakeside town battered by wildfires has a new worry

(AP) – The mayor of a lakeside Oregon town is worried that a plan to lower the risk of a large earthquake causing the nearby dam to fail will hurt its tourist industry.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has determined that a large earthquake could cause the spillway gates of the Detroit Dam to buckle, resulting in massive flooding, has announced it will try to minimize the danger by reducing the maximum height of the lake by five feet starting in April.

The nearby town of Detroit was heavily damaged by a wildfire last year.

It depends on visitors coming to enjoy the lake to help revive the economy.

The mitigation measure could affect boat ramp access.

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