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An Open Letter to Montgomery County Residents
We recognize that the recent events at the Lewis Creek Reservoir dam have been worrisome and caused inconveniences for nearby residents and businesses. We want to assure you that the dam is safe and poses no threat to the public.
The soil movement on the dam caused by recent heavy rains has prompted many questions about our plans to address the issue both short and long term.
In the short term, we have worked around the clock to address the soil movement and hired geotechnical experts to perform an analysis of the structural integrity of the dam. Results of their analysis have confirmed that the dam is safe and poses no threat to the public. The analysis also determined that appropriate measures to protect public safety and the dam are being taken and the soil movement has not compromised the structure's overall integrity.
With the short-term work complete, we have begun proactive stabilization work to prevent further soil movement. This includes reworking sections of the dam by using soil mixed with lime to enhance soil stability. The development of a long-term plan for the dam has begun and will include several months of soil testing and analysis to help us determine the best course of action to help prevent further soil movement.
We know that you want to stay informed. As we have done in recent weeks, we will keep the local community updated of any further issues that may arise, and we plan to have an informational meeting with the public once a long-term plan is finalized.
A lot of work has occurred over the past several weeks to ensure the community's safety, and we couldn't have done it without the assistance we received from a number of individuals and agencies to whom we owe our gratitude and thanks. They include Judge Craig Doyal and his staff, the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Sheriff's Office, the American Red Cross, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Army Corps of Engineers, the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Governor Abbott's office. And, special thanks to those men and women from Randy Roan Construction, Inc., CB&I, US Fusion, Amphibious Marine Inc., and to our employees and everyone who worked tirelessly and around the clock to ensure public safety.
Most of all, we want to thank the nearby residents for their patience, understanding and support. Lewis Creek has been a member of the local community for the last 45 years, and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Montgomery County for many years to come.
Sallie T. Rainer, President and CEO, Entergy Texas